Production History

From the Mahabharata – The Great Dance-Off

     A World Premiere and the first performance of

    San Antonio International Festival of Performance. June 4 – 14, 2015

    Created and directed by Roberto Prestigiacomo

    Choreography by Kausi Subramaniam and Seme Jatib

    Original Music Composed by Reena Esmail

    Music recorded and performed by SOLI Chamber Ensemble

    Performances Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM

    This dance-theatre production of From The Mahabharata – The Great Dance-Off tells the story of a dance company internal struggle in staging a dance version of the Indian epic story of the Mahabharata.  The main conflict arises when the artistic director cannot choose between a classical and a contemporary style of dance.  The company splits in two factions that confront each other in a final dance-off.  From The Mahabharata – The Great Dance-Off is a combination of original music, theatre, Indian and contemporary dance into a dynamic fusion which delivers an entertaining and poetic evening of dance theatre.

    This production is inspired by the main storyline of the Mahabharata, and creates a parallel story, but while in the Mahabharata the main conflict is an ethical/political one, in our rendering, the main conflict is an aesthetic/generational one.  Tradition vs. contemporary style?  Old vs. New?  The audience will decide.

    From The Mahabharata – The Great Dance-Off is a combination of original music, theatre, Indian and contemporary western dance into a dynamic fusion that delivers an entertaining and poetic evening of dance theatre.

     

    Cast

    Dancers and Actors

    Suhail Arastu

    Marisela Barrera

    Alejandro Cardona

    Anna De Luna

    Stephan Geeth

    Mireya Guerra

    Madeline Hull

    Julya Jara

    Seme Jatib

    Aarthi Karthic

    Rachel Laven

    Georgette Lockwood

    Durga Suryadevara

    Pooja Palimar-Rao

    Creative Team

    Created and Directed by Roberto Prestigiacomo

    Classical Indian Dance Choreography by Kausi Subramaniam

    Contemporary Dance Choreography by Seme Jatib

    Original music by Reena Esmail

    Music recorded and performed by SOLI Chamber Ensemble

    Live Violinist Ananda Nadayogi

    Lighting Design by Gaila Raymer

    Scenic Design by Jeremiah Teutsch

    Stage Manager Elizabeth Marks Engwall

    Photography and Video by Siggi Ragnar

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