The Other Festival - 2000  
     Dec 1- 7, 2000. Museum Theatre, Chennai (Madras) India.  
    Music. Dance. Drama. Art. You.
    DECEMBER 4, 2000   
    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.   


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