The Manganiyar Seduction (India)
A feast for the eyes, ears and soul
"Gala show fit for a king…The performers captivated the audience from start to end" – The Straits Times
"The show received a standing ovation that lasted long after the musicians finished their performance, closed their curtains, turned off their lights and exited the stage" – The Wall Street Journal
The spiritual sounds of Manganiyar music collide with a tantalising Amsterdam-style red-light district window display as a stunning musical journey begins. In this performance, renowned contemporary Indian theatre director Roysten Abel fuses the sacred and profane into a music theatre experience both sublime and sensual. Since 2006, this critically acclaimed production has toured over 20 arts festivals in more than 10 countries, earning rapturous applause from audiences across Europe, the US, Asia and Australia.
Abel first drew international attention with his award-winning production Othello in Black and White, a work which brought him world renown. More recently, he started to collaborate with street performers in India, where he first encountered Manganiyar music and became fascinated by it. For The Manganiyar Seduction, Abel selected 40 singers and musicians from three generations out of 1,000 candidates. Performers are distributed between 36 windows on four different levels. As they start to hum, a single window lights up. This window is gradually joined by others in an intense build-up of sound, vocals and flashing visual effects. A show that draws you in to a wonderfully exhilarating other world.
|Concept & Direction:||Roysten Abel