NAGA Women presents three world-renowned solo female artistes captivating storytelling through dance
NAGA Women which translates to “Dragon Women” is the sensational collaboration of three theatre powerhouses in one show – Malaysia’s awe-inspiring Sabera Shaik in her solo as the beautiful but dark princess Puteri Saadong, the famed Rajika Puri mesmerising as Eleni of Sparta, and Anita Ratnam in her captivating solo in A Million Sitas . This performance isn’t just dance but storytelling at it’s best.
Catch this captivating show this weekend at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre in Petaling Jaya on the 10th, 11th and 12th April. Each show will feature two solo performances:
Day 1: A Million Sitas and Puteri Saadong
Day 2: Eleni of Sparta and A Million Sitas
Day 3: Puteri Saadong and Eleni of Sparta
Puteri Saadong is a dark tale of obsessive love. The story originates from Kelantan about a beautiful princess, who out of love for her country, Tanah Serendah Sekebun Bunga Cherang Tegayong or Kota Tegayong, agrees to follow the King of Siam and become his concubine. She vowed to return to her husband in two months. Her husband vowed to wait until she returns, and although he waited, he remarried after a few years. Upon her return, Puteri Saadong was overcome with rage to find him married and in a heated argument, killed her husband with her hair pin!
In the show Eleni of Sparta, Rajika Puri, a noted scholar of Indian dance, will be narrating a scene from Homer’s Illiad, specifically in the mythical role of Eleni of Sparta, who is famously touted as the “Face that launched a Thousand Ships”. Rajika Puri recounts the life of the queen of Sparta known as ‘Helen of Troy’, through gesture, dance, and songs in ancient Greek, interwoven with an English text, and accompanied by master percussionist Suchet Malhotra, on a range of world instruments.
A Million Sitas is a neo bharatam dance-theatre performance by activtist, choreographer and one of India’s most recognised dance icons, Anita Ratnam. Anita who has perfomed in over 27 countries over the last four decades, uses Sita expertly as a connecting link to explore the nuances of various other women in the Ramayana.
This not-to-be-missed show is produced by Masakini Theatre Company.
Tickets will be sold at RM100 (adults) and RM65 (students and senior citizens) for the shows in Kuala Lumpur. All shows are at 8.30pm except for 12th April which are at 3pm only. For more information, please call 03-4065 0001 (DPac-Kuala Lumpur) or contact Masakini Theatre Company Sdn Bhd at 03-2691 0119 or email: [email protected] for enquiries and group booking for 10 tickets and above for each show.