Date(s) - 15/12/2018
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
IISER Cricket Ground
The Alliance Française de Pune, in association with French Embassy in India, Institut français India, Government of Kerala, Bharat Bhavan, DGAF India-Nepal, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, The Annette Leday/Keli Company and IISER, is organising “Kathakali-King Lear”, a Kathakali adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, on Saturday, 15th December at 7PM at IISER, NCL colony, Pashan.
Daily Telegraph (UK) :
“Intense, hypnotic and spectacularly beautiful, this is a Lear which will linger in the memory when more conventional productions have been
Directed by Annette Leday and David McRuvie, the play premiered in 1989 and was performed in prestigious venues throughout the world for over a decade. An object of enthusiasm and passionate polemics, as well as of numerous academic studies, this production has become a reference in the field of intercultural performance since its creation. In order to mark its thirtieth anniversary, the company is glad to revive the production which will include the generation of artists who participated in their youth as well as a few young artists.
The Annette Leday/Keli Cie
15th December 2018, 7PM
IISER Cricket Ground, Pashan, Pune
About the adaptation
The challenge that faces any production of King Lear is to find a theatrical expression for the larger- than- life dimension and explosive power of the play. Kathakali’s rich means of expression and its intensity create precisely the dimension and power that King Lear requires. The great themes of King Lear, kingship and succession, marriage and the dowry, exile and renunciation of the world, the relation of man to man, man to nature, and man to death are already central to the Kathakali universe.
In Kathakali the emphasis is on the dramatic elaboration of relatively simple intrigues. Unlike any other Shakespearean tragedy, King Lear is made up of two parallel intrigues, that of Lear and his three daughters and that of Gloucester and his two sons. By suppressing the Gloucester material, the Lear story stands out in its powerful simplicity. This plot corresponds precisely to the theatrical criteria of Kathakali, both in its length and in the number of characters involved.
Synopsis of the Play
Scene 1. King Lear Divides His Kingdom.
Scene 2. The Departure of Cordelia and France.
Scene 3. At Goneril’s Palace.
Scene 4. At Regan’s Palace.
Scene 5. The Storm.
Scene 6. The Return of Cordelia and France.
Scene 7. The Reconciliation of Lear and Cordelia.
Scene 8. The Battle.
Scene 9. The Death of Lear.
Clip Kathakali-King Lear 1999 In association with French Embassy in India, Institut français India, Government of Kerala, Bharat Bhavan, DGAF India-Nepal, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, The Annette Leday/Keli Company and IISER