|Sutra Dance Theatre presents
RAMLI IBRAHIM (Malaysia), in a cross-cultural contemporary music-dance-theatre
experience, featuring new choreography of Ramli Ibrahim with guest artists
Christopher Yohmei Blasdel (Shakuhachi), Mika Kimula (Voice), Sabera Shaik
(Actor) and Rathimala (principal dancer Sutra Dance Theatre).
Ramli Ibrahim is the dynamic force
in Malaysian theatre and possesses an open-mindedness for both the Old
and the New. Trained in classical ballet, modern dance and Indian
classical dance, Ramli is a creator and a visionary in the arts who sees
unity within the diversity of all of our artistic endeavours. In
Malaysia, Ramli is acclaimed as a pioneer dancer and choreographer of international
standing in the major fields of dance that he has mastered - Bharata Natyam,
Odissi as well as Contemporary Dance.
As a teacher of Bharata Natyam
and Odissi, he has groomed some of the finest dancers to have emerged from
Malaysia and at the same time placed Indian classical dance in the context
of the Malaysian experience. Ramli studied Bharata Natyam under Padmashri
Adyar K. Lakshman and Odissi under the late Guru Deba Prasad Das.
As Artistic Director of Sutra Dance Theatre, Ramli Ibrahim has always envisioned
his creativity as a total experience, one that transcends national boundaries.
For Ramli, theatre is the all-encompassing universal vehicle for his creative
vision: it expresses life itself in the richness of all its myths and rituals.
In ‘SOULS REVEALED’, Ramli Ibrahim
who has been in the forefront of Malaysian dance gives several facets of
recent cross-genre works in music, dance and theatre. Of great interest
this time is OIWAKE RHAPSODY and MUKAIJI REIBO ("Flute on the
Misty Sea") Ramli’s collaborative work with distinguished American Shakuhachi
(traditional Japanese flute) player, Christopher Yohmei Blasdel both of
whom have recently performed to appreciative crowds in Hawaii and
Tokyo. Ramli will also dance with Rathimala, a principal dancer with Sutra
Dance Theatre in a new work that gives new interpretation to Odissi.
Also featured will be well-known
Malaysian actor SABERA SHAIK in “SARASA”, a solo tragi-comic drama which
was presented to Malaysian audiences giving taste of mother-power and depth-psychology
lurking behind the seemingly profound Indian dance scene. Also for the
evening will be “POINT OF DIFFERENCE” and “PALLAVl”, a contemporary
Odissi deconstructed and given another contemporary layering.