Two women, two eras, one simmering test of fire
Joan of Arc, the revered French saint and Sita, a respected symbol of purity from the epic Ramayana; faced betrayal by men in power despite proving their allegiance.
By exploring Joan and Sita, we introduce a dialogue between worlds and cultural contexts. Their parallel fates are tied to the multi-faceted symbolism of fire.
Centuries have gone by but has the fire truly ceased? Are they still trapped in the flames?
Can it destroy their spirits or has it ignited their souls?
When the flames blaze the caged body, I surrender my soul, I Am ...
Artistic Direction/ Concept Choreography - Kavitha Krishnan
Co-Choreography - Esme Boyce (NYC, USA)
Dramaturgy & Character Development (Sita) - Nirmala Seshadri
Music Compostition and Vocais - Peni Candrarini (Solo, Indonesia)
Live music - Kailin Yong
Visual Art - Muhammad Izdi
01-02 June 2017
Show 1: 7:30pm
Show 2: 9:15pm (02 June 2017; post-dialogue)
Emily Hill (Level 2)
11 Upper Wikie Road
Ticket: $32 (Standard), $25 (Concession)
Tickets and other discounts available here.
About PANCHA-When the flames blaze the cage body, I surrender my soul, I Am ...
PANCHA-When the flames blazes the caged body, I surrender my soul, I Am … is the second part of Maya Dance Theatre’s PANCHA series.
Created and conceptualized in 2016, PANCHA (Five) is a dance series drawing inspiration from female archetypes in relation to nature’s five elements - wind, fire, earth, water and aether. Each work is centred on one element, and each element sets the stage for the female archetype who is trapped within social and relational frameworks.
The work tell their story; of their trials and tribulations faced!
In When the flames blazes the caged body, I surrender my soul, I Am … Maya Dance Theatre explores the lives of two women who are not only inspirational in their own way but served as a epitomy of womenhood. Unfortunately the lives of these women were cut short due to social, religious and at times; political intervention.
Created and conceptualized in 2016, PANCHA is a dance series drawing inspiration from expounding female archetypes in relation to the five elements based on Hindu philosophy - wind, fire, earth, water and aether. Each work in the series is centred on one element, and each element sets the stage for the female archetype who is trapped within social and relational frameworks. Women are typically seen as elemental and emotional, rather than rational and logical. PANCHA uses the logic of emotion, the consequences of history and cultural environment through storytelling and metaphor to relate to these 5 different female archetypes, often blurring the lines between myth and reality!
Scene from PANCHA rehearsal process