Dhoad Gypsies from Rajasthan (India)
“A powerful, energised performance which was brimming over with human warmth. Life affirming, inspiring and uplifting...long live the Dhoad Gypsies from Rajasthan!”
–BBC Radio 6

Hailed as cultural ambassadors of Rajasthan
An exhilarating fiesta from the homeland of free-spirited music

Soul-stirring Rajasthani music is renowned for its rapid, complex rhythms and heart-touching themes, ranging from romance and nostalgia to joyous celebrations of life. Founded by Rahis Bharti, whose musical heritage spans multiple generations, Dhoad Gypsies from Rajasthan also adds a theatrical twist to its melodic mix, with the world-class troupe combining tabla, dholak, harmonium and other traditional instruments, dazzling Rajasthani dance and fakir feats in its exuberant show.

The culturally rich state of Rajasthan is located in the northwest of India, the original home of the Roma people. Nurtured by the region’s diverse musical legacy and religions and powered by a love for sharing their creativity, Dhoad Gypsies has given over 1,000 concerts in 80 countries. The ensemble is frequently invited to appear at international festivals, including WOMAD UK, World Music Festival Chicago, Festival d’Ile de France, and the Festival of World Cultures in Ireland. Its versatile artists have also collaborated with “Queen of the Gypsies” Esma Redžepova and rock star Mick Jagger, and performed at Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Concert.

Hong Kong City Hall Theatre
*Some seats may have a restricted view

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Global theatrical innovations from Poland
Theatre of Death
Artist and director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990) refused to be guided by texts, placing the emphasis on the visual elements of theatre. Kantor combined radical props and stage design with happenings (different art forms brought together in a live performance) to manifest the absurdity and emptiness of reality. In 1975,Kantor created Dead Class, a controversial play from which he developed the Theatre of Death concept, probing such motifs as death, memory, spiritual transcendence, and the most basic human desires.
Poor Theatre
This form of theatre is derived from the ideas and work of director Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999). Poor Theatre seeks to distil the essence of the dramatic art form. Grotowski argued that interaction between actors and spectators is the only necessary element in theatre, with lighting, sound effects and set design minimised in his productions. In his view, even the stage could be abandoned. Grotowski also developed training methods that demanded his actors constantly engage in self-exploration, fusing their inner beings into performances.
Dhoad Gypsies from Rajasthan - Music and Dance Workshop

Music and dance are part of everyday life in colourful Rajasthan in northern India. One popular traditional form is Ghoomar, an elegant folk dance accompanied by the rich sounds of the tabla . This workshop enables you to learn about Ghoomar, and more, from virtuoso Dhoad Gypsies performers.

Instructors: Musicians and dancers from Dhoad Gypsies

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre Backstage Level 6 GR1
12noon - 1:30pm

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  • Quota: 30
  • In English with Cantonese interpretation
  • Suitable for participants aged 6 and above, with an interest in music and dance
  • Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothes, socks and shoes