An Eternal Chant from Heaven
Bhagavad Gita, which originated from the world-renowned epic Mahabharata, is a true philosophical poem that has had a profound impact on literature and spirituality worldwide. “Bhagavad” refers to “The Venerable”; Bhagavad Gita means the “Chant of God”. The dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, a warrior, reveals the three paths of Indian Yoga: Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Bhakti Yoga.
By fulfilling their “Dharma” without selfish motives, everyone can be liberated from the wheel of samsara and granted the state of moksha. Bhagavad Gita is a poem where all of us can learn the truth through life and death. It can help individuals discover their path in this unsettling world.
A Tale of Fighting for the Truth — Mahabharata
The story of Mahabharata, an oral epic that took 700 years to complete, recounts the story of how two camps of cousins, the Kauravas headed by Duryodhana and the Pandavas led by Yudhishthira, went to war over the kingdom during the Kuru dynasty in ancient India.
Duryodhana, who despised Yudhishthira’s proclamation as King of Kings, tricked Yudhishthira into gambling and forced the Pandavas into exile for twelve years. When Duryodhana broke their agreement and demanded another twelve years of exile, Yudhishthira raised a war against him. Initially hesitant to fight his own kin, Arjuna, the commander of the Pandavas, gained wisdom from Krishna through Bhagavad Gita, ultimately fighting for the Pandavas and leading them to victory, with Yudhishthira ascending the throne.
A Creation That Transcends Theatre
Tang Shu-wing and Chong Mui Ngam, collaborating again after Titus 2.0, have crafted a masterpiece that distills their personal reflections on Bhagavad Gita. The surrealistic and mythological theatre space design offers a glimpse of transcending life and death, with famous actress Mandy Wong and actor Chu Pak Him, and a group of outstanding designers and energetic performers to create an innovate and ground-breaking theatrical experience. It is an artistic creation that surpasses the boundaries of theatre.
Director/Adaptation: Tang Shu-wing
Dramaturgy/Adaptation/Translation: Chong Mui Ngam
Cast: Mandy Wong, Chu Pak Him, Peggy Chow*, Jasmine Lam, Lau Ting-Kwan, Tseky Tse, Elvin Cheung, Cassandra Tang
Assistant Director: Rocky Wong
Set Design: Vanessa Suen
Lighting Design: Yeung Tsz Yan
Music Composition: Lam Kwan Fai
Sound Design: Anthony Yeung
Costume Design: Jade Leung
Video Design: Oliver Shing
Dance Coach: Sandhya Gopal
Production Manager: Bobo Chan Po Yu
– Performed in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles
– The performance contains scenes of nudity
*With support and kind permission of the Beyond Dance Theater
The presenter reserves the right to change the programme or artist(s) should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
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