Colors, drama, music and dance: Kathakali, a classical theatre tradition from South India, is a mixture between ballet, theatre, opera and pantomime, featuring impressive masks, costumes and complex gestures.
Asia Society Switzerland and Museum Rietberg are partnering for an unusual Kathakali performance: Sadanam Balakrishnan, a world-renowned master of this ancient art form, will perform with his ensemble an interpretation of Shakespeare’s «Othello» – for the very first time in Switzerland.
Sadanam Balakrishnan sees many similarities between the traditions of Shakespeare and Kathakali: “Both theatre traditions flourished in the seventeenth century. The language employed in the two theatre traditions is heightened, stylized and poetic. The major characters of each are extraordinary individuals, much above the realm of ordinary folk. They are complex, fully developed characters. Ethical choice, questions of justice and the importance of self-realisation are dominant themes in both dramatic traditions.”+info