photo: Ratan Thiyam
CHORUS REPERTORY THEATRE
OCTOBER 2, 2000,
5:30 PM WORLD PARTY,
7 PM PERFORMANCE
$26, $22, $18 ($20.80, $17.60, $14.40 WALKER MEMBERS AND ORDWAY SUBSCRIBERS
ORDWAY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
345 WASHINGTON STREET, ST. PAUL
CONCEIVED AND DIRECTED BY RATAN THIYAM
Hailing from the remote northeastern Indian
province of Manipur, theatrical visionary Ratan Thiyam and his 30-member
Chorus Repertory Theatre travel to North America for the first time to
present Uttar-Priyadarshi. Their much-heralded 1996 theater work
is based on a mythic poem about 2nd-century Indian Emperor Ashoka, who
searches for nonviolence and enlightenment after turning away from the
torments of war. Widely considered one of Asia's most innovative artists,
Thiyam has influenced contemporary theater creators such as Tadashi Suzuki,
Jerzy Grotowski, and Peter Brook (who traveled to Manipur to witness Thiyam's
work before he created his famous Mahabharata). Noted for its passion,
color, humor, and potent universal themes, Thiyam's piece promises to
be a revelation for U.S. audiences. "The energy and intensity of the performance
was exhilarating. A thrilling theatrical event" (West Australian).
Performed in the Manipuri language Mei-tei with English surtitles. Free to ticketholders. Call
the Ordway box office for additional ticket discounts. Regular service
fees apply. Copresented with the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
as part of the Planet Ordway series.
PARTY, 5:30 PM
Before the show, enjoy activities, entertainment, exhibits, and "Insight"
discussions on Indian culture in the Ordway lobby. Complimentary beverages,
plus reasonably priced cuisine from India will be available. Free to ticket
THIS PERFORMANCE IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY GENEROUS
SUPPORT FROM THE BUSH FOUNDATION. THE ORDWAY GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE ST. PAUL COMPANIES. CHORUS REPERTORY THEATRE'S NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT TOUR IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION AND IS CO-PRODUCED BY ASIA SOCIETY AND LISA BOOTH MANAGEMENT, INC.