October 24–November 23, 2013
The Manganiyar Seduction
The Manganiyars, a formerly nomadic caste from the desert of Northwest India, are Sufi Muslims who incorporate Hindu deities into their devotional songs. The White Light Festival welcomes back The Manganiyar Seduction, a musical dance of delirium that had its U.S. premiere in our inaugural season. Conceived by Indian director Roysten Abel, this seduction of the spirit begins quietly with a solitary desert fiddle, but builds to an ecstatic eruption of sound, light, and color, as the Manganiyar community takes audiences into and beyond their world.
Roysten Abel, concept and director
Deu Khan, conductor
with Manganiyar musicians
“I found it impossible to sit still, so buoyant and compelling were the work’s lively rhythmic currents.” —New York Times
Post-performance discussion with Roysten Abel and John Schaefer on November 1
These performances will be followed by a White Light Lounge.
There is no late seating.
This performance is approximately one hour and 15 minutes, with no intermission.
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