Kutiyattam: le plus vieux théâtre-dansé du monde

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Kutiyattam: le plus vieux théâtre-dansé du monde
Salvini, Milena (Conceptor)
Filipuzzi, Roger (Conceptor)
Mandapa (Paris, France) (Presenter)
Grand prix international vidéo danse (Organizer)

The Grand Prix Video Danse Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1994
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8747
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5062 (former)
Dance -- India -- Kerala
Rāma (Hindu deity)
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: presented by le centre Mandapa ; conception, direction, text, and editing, Milena Salvini and Roger Filipuzzi.
Creation/production credits: Presented in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of Tourism (Paris and New Delhi) and the Kerala Tourism and Development Corporation (K.T.D.C.) ; artistic assistance and documentation, Sri Vasudevan Nambudiripad.
Performers: Performed by the artists of the Kerala Kalamandalam: Raman Chakiar, Sivan Nambudiri, Narayana Chakiar, Kanaka Kumar, Krishna Kumar (actors-dancers) ; Shylaja Rajashekharan, Girija Vijayan (actresses-dancers-singers) ; Iswaran Unni, V.K. Hariharan, A.N. Hariharan (mizhavu drummers) ; Moses V. Narayanan Nambudiri (eddakka drummer) ; and others.
Venue: Filmed on location at the Kuttambalam of the Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy, Kerala, India.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Language: In French.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (Umatic) (32 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Documentary on Kutiyattam, an ancient Indian dance-theater form that combines dance, pantomime, singing, music, and the declamation of verses in Sanskrit. Performance footage depicting episodes from the Ramayana, filmed in the Kuttambalam (a special theater pavilion in the temple complex), alternate with scenes of the actors' preparations: applying make-up in green, red, and other colors, each with symbolic significance; donning costumes; and rehearsing. The performances are preceded by rituals that reinforce the religious nature of the plays. The wide range of characters represented by the actors include the god Rama (an avatar of Vishnu) and his wife Sita; the monkeys Bali, Sugriva, and Hanuman; and the demon king Ravana. This documentary was entered in the Grand Prix International Vidéo Danse.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12528546
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6c5276a0-8c07-0135-4961-3fcae0aefea8
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Kutiyattam" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1994. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/3518a39b-fded-4664-8a4d-9371e938c193

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Kutiyattam" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 22, 2024. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/3518a39b-fded-4664-8a4d-9371e938c193

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1994). Kutiyattam Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/3518a39b-fded-4664-8a4d-9371e938c193

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