Green T Productions and Sumunar Indonesian Music and Dance Ensemble present “Prince Rama’s Journey”, Oct. 32 to Nov. 9, 2014, at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
Adapted and directed by Kathy Welch, with musical direction by Joko Sutrisno, and Indonesian Dance Choreography by Tri Sutrisno, the classic epic “Ramayana, Prince Rama’s Journey” tells the tale of an exiled Prince whose wife is kidnapped by the king of demons. A monumental battle ensues when Rama attacks the demon kingdom with an army of soldier monkeys.
Prince Rama’s Journey blends the unique physical theater style of Green T Productions with the gamelan music and mesmerizing traditional dance of Sumunar Indonesian Music and Dance Ensemble.
Prince Rama’s Journey is filled with fantastical heroic and demonic characters such as Sita the esteemed paragon of female virtue, Jatayu, a brave and wise vulture, Hanuman a powerful leader of the monkey clan and the evil Ravana, a ten-headed demon king.
The larger than life characters and plot provide Green T the opportunity to meld their signature performance style with the traditional Indonesian dance and gamelan music of Sumunar.
Gamelan is a percussion orchestra indigenous to Indonesia. Made primarily of bronze, the instruments include suspended gongs, metallophones, stringed instruments, and singing voices. This show is a rare opportunity to see the full gamelan in performance with dancers and actors telling a full story.
“This collaboration is so exciting! It’s such a treat whenever Green T has the luxury of sharing the stage with live musicians,” said Green T Artistic Director Kathy Welch. “This time we get to perform with an entire orchestra! The gamelan is so expressive, tender love scenes, melancholy scenes of separation and thrilling fight scenes are all underscored and punctuated with Joko’s compelling compositions.”
Prince Rama’s Journey features Green T veteran company members, Natalie Rae Wass, Stephanie Bright, Heidi Berg, Ki Seung Rhee, David Schneider, Heather Quigley, Mickaylee Shaughnessey, Matt Kessen, Jameen Lauck, Misty Brehmer and Avian Jangula.
Sumunar’s gamelan ensemble, under the direction of Joko Sutrisno, includes Leah Barton, Lars Christensen, Daniel Furuta, Stephen May, Martha Mockus, Mary Shamrock, Naomi Shinoda, Susannah Smith, Donna Stevenson, Aaron Victorin-Vangerud and Vince Wharton.
Sumunar’s dancers under the direction of Tri Sutrisno include Nanda Sutrisno, Anne Wharton, Aimee Thostenson, Melinda Markell, Satri Hanold and Yurika Windiana Treflin.
Performances will be held Friday, Oct. 31. at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., Monday Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. (Pay What You Can Night), Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m., Friday. Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for Seniors (65+) and Fringe Button holders, $12 for students over 12 years old, $5 for children under 12 years old.
Purchase tickets online at www.greentproductions.org or call 715-246-3285. In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is handicapped accessible.