Kathakali meets Carnival
Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund, this project, in partnership with The Kala Chetana Kathakali Company, charts the journeys of two remarkable art forms, Carnival and Kathakali, through generations of history, struggle, migration and regeneration, to become part of contemporary British Culture. It looks at similarities through ritual performance, gesture, costume, dance and with relevance to folklore, stories and traditional characters.
The New Carnival Company and Kathakali artists are delivering education workshops and oral history focus groups in venues across Hampshire and IOW. The project will culminate in two large scale exhibitions of costumes, artefacts, photographs and demonstrations, to take place at Southampton Art Gallery during May and at Dimbola Lodge, Isle of Wight in July 2017.
NCC project leaders Chris and Frankie have a 20 year history of working with Kathakali artists and recently visited the Kerala Kalamandalam at Cheruthuruthy, Southern India in order to develop the project.
The Kala Chetana Kathakali Company will be bringing the full company from India to perform on the Island on 1 October 2017 at Quay Arts as a finale to this collaboration.
For more info on Kathakali visit http://www.kathakali.net/