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Kathakali originated in Kerala South India over 500 years ago. It is a spectacular combination of drama, dance, music and ritual. Characters with vividly painted faces and elaborate costumes re-enact stories from Hindu epics. Kathakali website.

Archive listings for Kathakali

Work type: Dance or ballet.

The Traditional Dance Drama of Kerala, South India - T2070198161

A company of Indian performers present the vibrant art form of Kathakali. Kathakali embraces dance, drama, music, visual arts and ritual to create a powerful form of visual performance dating back to the origins of Indian theatre.
5 Nov 17NST Campus, Southampton :: V776
listing details L0634443186
1 Nov 17Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield :: V972
listing details L0601772533
20 Oct 17Arts Centre, Aberystwyth :: V817
listing details L1287389639
18 Oct 17Theatr Brycheiniog (Brecon Theatre), Brecon :: V1067
listing details L01554752187
17 Oct 17Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan :: V1004
listing details L0415303010
5 Oct 17Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke :: V764
listing details L0465377231
1 Oct 17The Quay Arts Centres, Newport :: V842
listing details L895818236
28 Sep 17Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead :: V1294444431
listing details L2041056858
23 May 15Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L0191143984


Company Kala Chethena Kathakali Company.
13 Oct 17Hafren (formerly Theatre Hafren), Newtown :: V852
listing details L381504227


Company Kala Chethena Kathakali Company.
21 Nov 13The Maltings, Berwick-on-Tweed :: V986
listing details L01182564848


A rare opportunity to see Kathakali performed by world-class experts from Kerala, South India to include the great Padmasree Kalamandalam Gopi. Kathakali embraces drama, dance, music, visual arts and ritual to create one of the most visually exciting and powerful forms of theatre. Kathakali originated in the temples of Kerala over 500 years ago. Extraordinary costumes and make-up transform the actors into Gods, kings, devils and princesses to tell their stories through the magical world of theatre. Running time: 120mins
30 Nov 10The Mill Arts Centre (formerly The Mill), Banbury :: V794
listing details L0859795044


Kathakali - meaning ‘story play’ - embraces drama, dance, music, visual arts and ritual to create one of the world’s most exotic, visually exciting, and powerful forms of theatre. Colourful costumes and elaborate three dimensional make-up (known as ‘chutti’) magically transform the actors into gods, kings, devils and princesses, allowing them to tell universal stories of the struggle between good and evil through gesture, emotion and expression. The Kala Chethena Kathakali Theatre Company, featuring visiting internationally renowned artists from Kerala, South India - including world famous Kathakali master, Kalamandalam Gopi - celebrates its 21st anniversary year with this ten week UK tour. Formed in 1987, the company is now the foremost exponent of Kathakali, and this tour offers a rare opportunity to see such eminent artists perform this exceptional, legendary art form, and experience extraordinary non-western theatre and culture.Company Kala Chethena Kathakali.
5 Nov 08 to 6 Nov 08Gilmorehill G12, Glasgow :: V1423875763
listing details L01744491534

The Ceilldh Tree - T683034502

It‘s winter…the shortest day of the year and in a clearing in a forest stands a lone tree. The forest creatures are gathering for a special moment. A moment when everything is transformed. Each has a story to tell and a gift to bring. It’s time to huddle up, tell stories, sing songs and wait... Combining storytelling, puppetry and song this is a story which celebrates our forest friends, the turn of the year and the season of good cheer.Company Giant Productions.
2 Nov 08 to 3 Nov 08Gilmorehill G12, Glasgow :: V1423875763
listing details L1557091769


Company Kala Chethena Kathakali.
2 Nov 06Camberley Theatre (previously Artslink), Camberley :: V698
listing details L0667368711
2 Oct 06Hull New Theatre, Hull :: V934
listing details L337960773
19 Sep 06Park and Dare Theatre, Treorchy :: V0109167195
listing details L1592293282

A Story From the Mahabharatha - T785442286

Company Kala Chethena Kathakali.
30 Nov 02Theatr Harlech, Harlech :: V846
listing details L842645287
29 Nov 02Arts Centre, Aberystwyth :: V817
listing details L492857726
22 Nov 02Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton :: V656
listing details L01537838447
21 Nov 02Blackheath Halls, Outer London :: V1490866190
listing details L1819010768
19 Nov 02The Hawth, Crawley :: V720
listing details L0441730453
12 Nov 02Dartington Arts, Totnes :: V902
listing details L01059920837
11 Nov 02Exeter Phoenix, Exeter :: V889
listing details L259466884
8 Nov 02Town Hall, Middlesbrough :: V2029704919
listing details L329866607
7 Nov 02Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham :: V984
listing details L01480034842
6 Nov 02Hull New Theatre, Hull :: V934
listing details L755705477
5 Nov 02Darlington Arts Centre, Darlington :: V563
listing details L01730750728
3 Nov 02Stanwix Arts Centre, Carlisle :: V3
listing details L1338403891
2 Nov 02The Tramway, Glasgow :: V621
listing details L689774138
31 Oct 02Byre Theatre, St Andrews :: V640
listing details L0646384510
30 Oct 02Lemon Tree, Aberdeen :: V587
listing details L1530292919
23 Oct 02Theatre Royal, Margate :: V685
listing details L0356653538
22 Oct 02The Maltings, Ely :: V469138740
listing details L01051830367
20 Oct 02Arts Depot, Outer London :: V320
listing details L0182920202
19 Oct 02Queen Elizabeth Hospital Theatre (QEH), Bristol :: V998
listing details L01800070624
18 Oct 02Courtyard, Hereford :: V101
listing details L1628478715
17 Oct 02Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford :: V120
listing details L592713506
16 Oct 02Burnley Mechanics, Burnley :: V519
listing details L0293177481
15 Oct 02Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton :: V160
listing details L0327458491
12 Oct 02The Edge Arts (formerly the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA)), Bath :: V1031
listing details L787496327
11 Oct 02The Wightman, Shrewsbury :: V106
listing details L0900462849
10 Oct 02Gloucester Guildhall, Gloucester :: V97
listing details L0915535102

A traditional story from the Indian epic - T1870432281

Company Kala Chethena Kathakali Troupe.
18 Nov 02Stratford Circus, Outer London :: V1222144777
listing details L0116432753

Kala Chethena Kathakalai - T1155782347

Traditional dance drama from the Indian epics.
16 Oct 00Studio Theatre, Inner London :: V260
listing details L770812466


Full of emotion and potent symbolism, Kathakali is spectacularly colourful theatre, drawn from the sacred dance drama in the temple of Kerala, South India. A ritual dance for prosperity, Theyam, which has not been performed in England before, opens the show.
18 Oct 99Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury :: V673
listing details L316360270


Company Arts Alive.
14 Nov 97 to 15 Nov 97Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth :: V906
listing details L1062349055

Other listings

24 Nov 13Kenneth More Theatre, Outer London :: V313
listing details L192645721
19 Oct 10Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton :: V160
listing details L02079590150
4 Mar 02 to 8 Mar 02Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead :: V1294444431
listing details L01498205449

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