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'A joyous, communal experience of the seductive power of music.' - The Irish Independent
With a showman’s flair, director Roysten Abel has transformed a traditional Indian music concert into a dazzling theatrical event, placing 43 Rajasthani musicians in a whimsical 'magic box' structure.
Inspired by the windows of Amsterdam’s red light district, the individual curtained compartments are framed by carnival lights, opening one by one to reveal one solo musician, then another and another.
The build-up of instruments and voices unfolds into a lush spectacle of melody, rhythm and song. The Manganiyars are a caste of musicians from the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. Their repertoire ranges from ballads about kings to Sufi songs written by mystics and songs marking occasions such as birth, marriage, rains and feasts.
This ensemble spans three generations of musicians whose exhuberance and joy are a celebration of life itself.
The Manganiyar Seduction is also playing at Festival First Night. For more information, click here.
To download a free program for the performance, click here.
To view the Inner West 2010 Minisite, click here.
Photo: Wolgang Krichner