“…so buoyant and compelling were the work’s lively rhythmic currents….” – The New York Times
Equal parts rock concert, global music performance and dazzling theatrical experience, The Manganiyar Seduction creates a rapturous union between the traditional music of the Manganiyars and the visual seduction of Amsterdam’s red light district.
Created by Indian director Roysten Abel, the program begins with a single cube illuminated to reveal a musician. Additional musicians are revealed one by one until 43 performers in 36 stacked cubes are awash in color and light. The Irish Independent likens the effect to “a gospel Mass or a slow-building rave; a joyous, communal experience of the seductive power of music.”
The Manganiyar Seduction creates a dramatic progression of instruments and voice that leads the audience on a divine musical journey.
Roysten Abel first encountered the Manganiyars in a Delhi slum, in search of folk musicians for a tour in Spain. Two agreed to accompany him, and to his amazement, they followed him everywhere he went for two weeks, serenading him from dawn to dusk. Transformed and “seduced” by this experience, Abel was inspired to create The Manganiyar Seduction.
Join us before the performance to hear directly from Roysten Abel about his journey through the creation of this mesmerizing work and the inspiration behind the performance.
This event is free and open to the public