Amrita Performs Mahabharata

A carefully choreographed dance will take viewers on a Pan Asian journey when a cross-cultural collaboration takes place this month. Produced by Phnom Penh-based Amrita Performing Arts, a thought-provoking dance piece called Mahabharata hits the stage on Jul. 12 and 13.

Directed by one of Japan’s top choreographers and writers, Hiroshi Koike, the project is a collaboration between Cambodian, Japanese and Malaysian artists.

Mahabharata is an ancient Indian sacred text known as the largest epic in the world. Artists representing various Asian cultures often team together to produce performances out of the endless mythical world the text produces.

As it is a long text, the whole performance is made up of a trilogy. The first chapter is told in Cambodia next week, with more dance performances taking place in Vietnam. Chapter two will take place in India next year and the final in Japan in 2015.

Amrita Performing Arts executive director, Fred Frumberg, says, “Hiroshi used to run his own company called Pappa Tarahuma. I saw their work years ago and always admired them so when I found out he was now freelance I was keen to get involved.”

The dramatic dance piece will make its premier on Jul. 12, with a second performance on Jul. 13, at 6.30pm at the Department for Performing Arts, 128-G9 Sothearos Blvd.

Tickets are $2 and are available from Amrita Performing Arts, 128G9 Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 023 220 424, and at the door.

For further details about the show, visit: kikh.com/mahabharata