KATHAKALI AND BHARATHANATYAM COMMUNITY DAY AT THE HALLEY ACADEMY LONDON
EVENT: A DISPLAY OF COSTUMES AND PERFORMANCES OF KATHAKALI AND BHARATHANATYAM.
Kalamandalam Vijayakumar - internationally renowned Kathakali actor.
23rd MARCH 2019.
VENUE: THE HALLEY ACADEMY, CORELLI ROAD, BLACKHEATH, LONDON. SE3 8EP
TEL: 020 8516 7977
Performances - 1.00pm - 2.30pm plus time to see the exhibition.
AN AFTERNOON FOR THE COMMUNITY:
This exciting event kindly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and hosted by The Halley Academy, will include a beautiful exhibition of Kathakali and Bharathanatyam costumes, demonstrations and solo performances by international artists from south India.
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 local school children, illustrate how clothing can capture our history and represent our identity.for generations to come.
How we lived years ago, how things have changed and how clothing can tell us what materials were available a 100 years ago.
PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT
In other times a places people dress in a different styles to represent their values and identity.
Kathakali masks made by the local children illustrate how creativity continues to develop and change the world in which we live, provides a local connection and completes the colourful display.
Other dance styles of India fill the stage with a variety of Indian classical dance to include Kuchipudi and Oddissi. They illustrate how the classical arts of India hold centuries of culture and heritage.
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, Kathakali by Kalamandalam Vijayakumar who has performed worldwide since 1982 and famous for his sensitive performances of the female characters. Bharathanatyam by Bhagya Lakshmi who is a highly talented performer and now based in London.
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.
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.
Actors - Kalamandalam Vijayakumar and Bhagya Lakshmi
photo credit Mark Bennett and Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar