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Plaything of the Gods


Thu Sep 8 2016, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Fri Sep 9 2016, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Sat Sep 10 2016, 3:00pm–4:30pm
Sat Sep 10 2016, 8:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Malay Heritage Centre, 85 Sultan Gate , Rochor-Kampong Glam, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $25.00
  • Students/NSF/Senior Citizens (Key in the code "Concession" upon checkout to receive the 20% discount: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Plaything of the Gods re-tells tales of heroes and demons, lovers, maidens and warriors, drawn from famed Sanskrit epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is a time, the old books say, when words were still new and they walked amongst us. Dewa and Dewi; favourite underlings of the gods, as man and woman, man-woman and all the myriad of multitude genders imaginable. They were a fleshy presence on earth; left footprints on the soil, lived under this self-same sky, played in our forests, loved under the stars, bore babies, fought their mortal raksasa enemies, blessed and cursed us all and, in an instant, disappeared forever. All that remains of them is a wisp in the wind, ancient memories etched in the souls of stones and the stories in the old books.

Selected narrative and dramatic elements from these texts will be combined with performative elements – dance, music, gesture, vocalisation, mask work and acting – drawn from the Wayang Wong traditions of the royal courts of Surakarta and Yogyakarta.

Directed by ITI’s Wayang Wong master-teacher Bambang “Besur” Suryono, dramaturged by the institute’s Director and Cultural Medallion recipient T. Sasitharan.

Cast: Anildo Böes (Brazil), Catherine Ho (Singapore), Cerys Ong (Singapore), Elizabeth Sergeant Tan (Singapore), Kady Cheung (Hong Kong), Ramassamy S (India). and Soti Ramapati D. (India)

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