A DISPLAY OF COSTUMES AND PERFORMANCES OF KATHAKALI AND BHARATHANATYAM AT THE HALLEY ACADEMY LONDON


EVENT: A DISPLAY OF COSTUMES AND PERFORMANCES OF KATHAKALI AND BHARATHANATYAM. 

 

  Kalamandalam Vijayakumar - internationally renowned Kathakali actor.

21st MARCH 2019.

VENUE: THE HALLEY ACADEMY, CORELLI ROAD, BLACKHEATH, LONDON. SE3 8EP

TEL: 020 8516 7977

Performances - 1.30pm - 3.00pm  plus time to see the exhibition.

DETAILS: 

This exciting project kindly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and hosted by The Halley Academy, will enable people to see the beautiful wood carving, fabrics woven with golden thread and silver decorations used in the costumes of Kathakali, the male classical dance drama of Kerala south India and Bharathantyam probably the oldest classical dance of south east India.

EXHIBITION



The great Hindu God Hannuman - make up Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar

CLOTHING TELLS A STORY

Items of clothing with a story to tell, gathered by the children, illustrate how clothing can capture our history and represent our identity.for generations to come.

Ho we lived years ago, how things have changed and appreciate that what looks fashionable now may look strange in a 100 years time.



PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT

In other times a places people dress in a different styles to represent their values and identity. 




KATHAKALI MASKS:


Kathakali masks made by the children illustrate how creativity continues to develop and change the world in which we live, provides a local connection and completes the colourful display and provide a local connection.




THE PERFORMANCES:

The afternoon features an introduction into the history of the costumes and demonstration of how an actor tells a story using an ancient 4,000 year old sign language, emotion, movement and characters.

The costumes are then brought to life by outstanding international artists from south India who will present captivating solo performances of Kathakali and Bharathanatyam. 


Kalamandalam Vijayakumar



Dancer Bhagya Lakshmi

END OF THE DAY

Finish the day with a chance to meet the artists and ask questions about the remarkable and ancient art of Kathakali and Bharathanatyam. 

The work the children produce will be displayed with the Kathakali and Bharathanatyam costumes at The Halley Academy, The National Maritime Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

IMPORTANT: Although taking place in a school members of the community will be welcome to attend. 


A FREE EVENT KINDLY FUNDED BY THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND. 



For details contact us or call THE HALLEY ACADEMY TEL: 020 8516 7977 or contact us.

PHOTO

Actors - Kalamandalam Vijayakumar and Bhagya Lakshmi

photo credit Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar