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Event Dates

Welcome - thank you for visiting our Event Page.

During the spring and summer of 2024 we will be working with a range of schools, colleges, universities and community groups to celebrate Kathakali and the Heritage of Kerala, south west India.

 

Prepare to enjoy a feast of events this autumn to include:

 

KERALA COMES TO WHITEHILL & BORDON - PETERSFIELD - HASLEMERE 2024.

Please come and join us.

 

 

We have lots of events happening please scroll down for more information. 

 

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events listed below - please book in advance and arrange to meet the artists. 

 


SELECTION OF EVENTS
 

PERFORMANCES 

         

Full Company performances.   

 

Enjoy a Kathakali story, performed by experts from Kerala, that illustrates how the communities of today face the same problems as people did living centuires ago. The stunning costumes and make up are brought to life through characters representing who we are, our dreams, fears, family relationships, and the impact we are having on this planet.     

                

 Solo performances.

See the incredible skill of Kalamandalam Vijayakumar flourish as he delivers powerful performances that bring the audience into the remarkable world of Kathakali. Ideal for schools, colleges and community groups.

 

WORKSHOPS

 Kathakali Mask making workshop.

Learn about the traditional makeup designs then create your own mask. Display your mask as part of an exhibition of Kathakali costumes at the Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon, Hants.

 

Kathakali Drama workshop. 

Learn how a Kathakali actor uses a 4,000 year old sign language called Mudras, facial expressions, emotions and characters to tell a story. 

  

  Costume study - conservation workshops

EXHIBITIONS

Exhibitions of Kathakali costumes, photographs, traditional dress of Kerala and films. 

Specially designed exhibitions enable the public to appreciate the intricate carving of the headdresses, the materials used and the characters the costumes represent. The traditional dress of Kerala, photographs and films put these beautiful costumes into historical and social context. The costumes will eventually join the costume collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

 


 

KATHAKALI SPRING AND SUMMER 2024 

 

EDUCATION AND THE COMMUNITY 

In preparation for an unforgettable Autumn of performances, workshops and a stunning exhibition of Kathakali costumes, photographs and the traditional dress of Kerala, we will be working in schools and community centres until the autumn 2024 to raise awareness of Kathakali and the remarkable heritage of Kerala Southern India.

 

 

 

KATHAKALI AUTUMN TOUR 2024

 

COME AND JOIN US

Everyone is welcome to come and join us on this exciting tour.   

Five internationally renowned actors from Kerala, Southern India will be touring the UK bringing Kathakali to thousands of people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 


 

20th SEPTEMBER 

 

AREANA THEATRE                       

WULFRUNA STREET

WOLVERHAMPTON

WV1 1SE

TEL 01902 321 321  

E arena@wlv.ac.uk

 

Event - Kathakali performance.  

7.30pm

 

 

TO BOOK  - please click on the link below.

 

Contact Us (wlv.ac.uk)

 


 

 

24th SEPTEMBER 

 

ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE                       

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

ABERYSTWYTH.

SY23 3DE

 

TEL 01970 623232 

 

Event - Kathakali performance.  

7.30pm

 

 

 

TO BOOK  - please click on the link below.

 

https://aberystwythartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/1173646813

 


 

28th SEPTEMBER 

 

BRIDGWATER ARTS CENTRE

                   

11-13 CASTLE STREET

BRIDGWATER

TA6 3DD

 

TEL 01278 422700

 

Event - Kathakali performance.  

7.30pm

 

 

TO BOOK - please click on the link 

 

Events - Bridgwater Arts Centre

 

 


 

OCTOBER 2024

 

3RD OCTOBER 

 

EXETER PHOENIX

               

BRADNICH PLACE

EXETER

EX4 3LS

 

TEL 01392 667080

 

Event - Kathakali performance.  

7.30pm

 

 

TO BOOK - please click on the link 

 

Contact - Exeter Phoenix

 

 


 

10th OCTOBER  

 

LIGHTHOUSE 

               

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

21 KINGLAND ROAD

POOLE

DORESET

BH15 1UG

 

TEL  01202 280000

 

Event - Kathakali performance.  

7.30pm 

 

 

TO BOOK - please click on the link below.

 

Visit Us - Lighthouse (lighthousepoole.co.uk)

 

 


 

 

Heritage Project.

Kerala Comes to Whitehill - Bordon - Petersfield - Haslemere.

Part of the Kathakali UK Tour 2024 will include an exciting Heritage Project based at the Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Bordon, Hampshire.

The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon, will be hosting an exhibition of Kathakali costumes, traditional dress, photographs and artifacts during the autumn.

The exhibition will be supported by workshops and performances promoted by The Phoenix Theatre, Bordon, Whitehill and Bordon Community Trust, Petersfield Museum and Art gallery and Haslemere Educational Museum. 

 

This project is kindly funded and supported by:

 

                                         

 

 


 

12th OCTOBER 

THE PHOENIX THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE

STATION ROAD

BORDON.

GU35 0LR

TEL: 01420 472664

 

Event - Multi artform performance night. 

6.30pm - please note early start

 

A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS, AND PEOPLE, OF KERALA, SOUTH INDIA.

 

See the ancient arts of Kerala come alive, Kathakali, Mohiniattam, Bharatanayam and Chenda Melam, performed by experts from Kerala. 

Listen to the rhythmn of Chenda Melam [drumming], see the precise movements of Bharatanatyam, enjoy the graceful movements of Mohinattam  once performed in the palaces of Kerala then experience the powerful storytelling of Kathakali. 

Kathakali - Photo credite Mark Bennett

Bharatanatyam 

Mohiniattam

Chennda Melam

 

Timings

6.00pm – Please arrive early for prompt 6.30pm start

6.30pm - 8.30pm 
Performances  

See the exhibition and meet the artists.  

Indian snack provided.

Please note the early start.

 

TO BOOK – please click on the link below.

 

Box Office Enquiries | Phoenix Arts

 

 


 

 

18th OCTOBER 

 

NEHRU CENTRE

               

8 SOUTH AUDLEY STREET

LONDON 

W1K 1HF

 

TEL  020 7491 3567

 

Event - Kathakali performance.  

6.15pm - 8.15pm - please note the early start.

 

 

 

TO BOOK - please click on the link below.

 

Upcoming Events | Nehru Centre London

 

 


 

 

23RD OCTOBER 

THE PHOENIX THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE

STATION ROAD

BORDON.

GU35 0LR

TEL: 01420 472664

 

Event - Exhibition Opening.

10.00am - 5.00pm

 

Kerala Arts Exhibition Opening – An exhibition of magnificent Kathakali, Mohiniattam and Bharatanatyam costumes, traditional dress of Kerala, drums, photographs, and films.

 

Costumes

 

Traditional Kerala dress.

 

TO BOOK – please click on the link below.

 

Box Office Enquiries | Phoenix Arts

 

 

 


 

26th OCTOBER

 

CARDINAL HEENAN HIGH SCHOOL 

HONEY`S GREEN LANE

LIVERPOOL

L12 9HZ

 

TEL 07923437885

 

Event - Kathakali performance.  

6.00pm

 

Promoted by the Kerala community of Liverpool.

TO BOOK - please click on the link - to be provided. 

 

 


 

 

28th OCTOBER 

 

HASLEMERE EDUCATIONAL MUSEUM 

               

78 HIGH STREET

HASLEMERE

GU27 2LA

TEL  01428 642112

 

Event - Kathakali performance.

7.30pm  

 

 

 

TO BOOK - please click on the link below.

 

 

Haslemere Museum

 

 


 

NOVEMBER 2024

 

2ND NOVEMBER 

THE PHOENIX THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE

BARBADOS HOUSE

STATION ROAD

BORDON.

GU35 0LR

TEL: 01420 472664

 

Event  - Exhibition and multi artform performance night. 

6.30pm - 8.30pm 

 

A celebration of the arts and people of Kerala, south India. 

 

EXHIBITION

Arrive early, see the beautiful carved wooden Kathakali headdresses and costumes, the Mohiniattam and Bharatanayam costumes edged with gold threads, the traditional dress of Kerala and photographs and films of life in Kerala. 

Kathakali ornaments.

Gateway to the exhibition

 

PERFORMANCES

 

See the ancient arts of Kerala performed by experts from Kerala, listen to the rhythmn of Chenda Melam [drumming], see the precise movements of Bharatanatyam, enjoy the graceful movements of Mohinattam once performed in the palaces of Kerala then experience the powerful storytelling of Kathakali. 

As the drums play again enjoy Indian snacks and meet the artists. 

 

Kathakali - Photo credite Mark Bennett

Bharatanatyam 

Mohiniattam

Chennda Melam

 

Timings

5.00pm - 6.00pm –   See the exhibition  

6.30pm - 8.30pm 
Performances  

End - light refreshments provided. and meet the artists.  

 

Please note the early start.

 

TO BOOK – please click on the link below.

 

Box Office Enquiries | Phoenix Arts

 


 

4TH NOVEMBER    

 

MAST – MAYFLOWER STUDIOS  

142, Above Bar Street

SOUTHAMPTON

SO14 7BJ

 

TEL; 02380 711811

 

EVENT Kathakali performance. 

7.30pm

 

 

 

TO BOOK - please click on the link

 

https://www.mayflower.org.uk/


 

 

8TH NOVEMBER    

 

ELGIVA THEATRE 

St Marys Way

Town Centre

CHESHAM

HP5 1HR

 

TEL; 01494 582900

 

EVENT - Kathakali performance.

7.30pm

 

 

 

TO BOOK - please click on the link

 

Home - Elgiva Theatre Chesham

 


 

9TH NOVEMBER 

THE PHOENIX THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE

BARBADOS HOUSE

STATION ROAD

BORDON.

GU35 0LR

TEL: 01420 472664

 

Event - Mohiniattam workshop. 

2.00pm - 4.00pm

A guided tour of the exhibition followed by a practical workshops exploring the movements of Mohiniattam. 

 

 

TO BOOK – please click on the link below.

 

Box Office Enquiries | Phoenix Arts

 


 

16th NOVEMBER

THE PHOENIX THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE

BARBADOS HOUSE

STATION ROAD

BORDON.

GU35 0LR

TEL: 01420 472664

 

Event - drumming workshop 

2.00pm - 4.00pm

 

CHENDA MELAM - traditional drumming of Kerala.

A guided tour of the exhibition followed by a practical workshop exploring the rhythmic sounds of the Chenda.

Discover the history of the Chenda, how it arrived in Kerala and what it is used for.

Learn the basic rhythmns and how to use the drum sticks. 

 

Chenda Group 

 

TO BOOK –  please click on the link below.

 

Box Office Enquiries | Phoenix Arts

 

 


 

23rd NOVEMBER 

THE PHOENIX THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE

BARBADOS HOUSE

STATION ROAD

BORDON.

GU35 0LR

TEL: 01420 472664

 

Event - Bharatanatyam workshop 

2.00pm - 4.00pm

 

BHARATANTAYAM – classical dance of southern India. .

A guided tour of the exhibition followed by a practical workshop exploring the classical movements of Bharatanatyam.

Understand how Bharatanatyam took inspiration from the temple sculptures depicting basic poses of  this dance.

 

Bharatanatyam

 

TO BOOK – please click on the link below.

 

Box Office Enquiries | Phoenix Arts

 

 


 

30th NOVEMBER 

THE PHOENIX THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE

BARBADOS HOUSE

STATION ROAD

BORDON.

GU35 0LR

TEL: 01420 472664

 

Event - Kathakali workshop. 

2.00pm - 4.00pm

 

Kathakali workshop – classical dance drama of Kerala.  

To close the exhibition Kathakali will provide a guided tour highlighting how all the art forms celebrate Kerala heritage.

A demonstration of how the Kathakali characters in the exhibition move, show emotion and tell a story. 

Then enjoy a practical workshop learning how a Kathakali actor tells a story through facial expressions, characters and a 4,000 year old sign language called Mudras.

 

Kalamandalam Vijayakumar - Kathakali drama workshop

Kalamandalam Vijayakumar showing the gesture for elephant. 

 

Guided tour of exhibtion followed by a Kathakali drama based workshop.

Q&A`s

 

TO BOOK –  please click on the link below.

 

Box Office Enquiries | Phoenix Arts

 

 


 

30TH NOVEMBER

PHOENIX THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE.

 

EVENT - Exhibition closes.

5.00pm 

 

 

Kerala Comes to Whitehill and Bordon Heritage project is kindly funded and supported by:

                                        

 


 

Dates will be added as they become confirmed - please watch this space.......

 


 

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If you would like to know about what we have done in the past - please carry on scrolling........

 

PAST PROJECTS:

2024

 


 

23rd APRIL 

PETERSFIELD MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY                      

Event - Kathakali costume conservation workshops and Solo performance. 

 

 

An excellent day enabling people to discover and learn about the heritage of the Kathakali costumes, the materials used, how to conserve them and finally how a costume is used in performance to represent a character. 

 

 


12th APRIL 2024

PETERSFIELD MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY                      

 

Event - Kathakali drama and maskmaking workshops 

 

Kathakali maskmaking workshop 

 

 

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NOVEMBER 2023

 


NOVEMBER 2023 

HASLEMERE EDUCATIONAL MUSEUM                         

Event - Oral History Heritage Workshop

 


 

October 2021 to July 2022.

Event - Exhibition - Museum of Croydon.

 “Life Behind the Costume” heritage project, based at The Museum of Croydon and kindly funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

This project featured exhibitions, performances and workshops that explore the culture of Kerala and the remarkable world behind the Kathakali costumes - the history, festivals, people, traditions, food and the arts. Kerala has preserved it`s heritage for centuries as a testemony of how people value and celebrate their identity. 

The exhibitio, workshops and performances were so popular that it was extended from three weeks to four months. 

Professional artists involved:

Kathakali - Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar, Kalamandalam Harikumar and Sadanam Mohan.

Bharatanatyam - Anusha Subramanyam

Chenda [drumming] by Vinod Navadhara

Oral History by Rolf Killius

 


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If you can`t understand the Kathakali sign language used to tell a story?

Don`t worry.......

Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, Kathakali actor and co-founder of the Kala Chethena Kathakali Company, has created the first digital interactive Dictionary of Kathakali Mudras [sign language] in the world. People can learn the Mudras [gestures] used in Kathakali and understand what the actors are actually saying. 

Actors Kalamandalam Balasubramanain and Kalamandalam Vijayakumar                                  Photo credit Mark Bennett


THANK YOU

Hope to see you at one of the events. 

If you need any more information, help - please click below 

 

Contact Us - The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company

 

To access the first interactive Dictionary of Kathakali Mudras in the world please click below.  

 

Kathakali Mudras

 

For a FREE introduction lesson in Kathakali sign language please click below.

 

http://youtu.be/u7S-c6jlivc