Sunday 10 December 2017, 14.30-17.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£8, Members/concessions £6
Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.
Deep in the forest, Rama and Sita live in exile, eyes watch their every move, and the universe shimmers with illusion. When Sita is kidnapped by the ten-headed demon king, Rama needs all the help he can get. Who better to have on your side than a shape-shifting monkey?
But there’s only one thing worse than a bloodthirsty demon, and that’s his big brother. As Rama lies helpless on the battlefield, it’s time for Sita’s little-known story to unfold...
Storyteller Emily Hennessey and virtuoso sitar player Sheema Mukherjee conjure up a vivid, wild and beguiling world in this retelling of the much-loved Indian epic.
Emily Hennessey has worked and travelled extensively in India, which kindled in her a great love of Hindu mythology. She has travelled over 10,000 miles across India, has lived and worked with a yak-herding family on the Tibetan plateau, studied Kathakali dance-drama in Kerala and spent several months at the Kattaikkuttu School in Tamil Nadu, learning from the children who perform stories from the Mahabharata through music, dance and song. While studying Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent, she met storyteller Dr Vayu Naidu, completed a storytelling apprenticeship with her, and later trained with Ben Haggarty. She's also trained with Indian Pandvani performer Ritu Verma. Emily has toured in India with the British Council and performed at the Delhi Storytelling Festival. Emily is a key member of the Pandvani108 ensemble. Sheema Mukherjee absorbed North Indian classical music and the western tradition side by side, studying sitar and Indian classical music under the tutelage of her uncle, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, and then with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Brought up between Britain and India, she has a rich background to draw on in her own compositions and collaborations. Today she is an established sitar player and composer, a regular in Transglobal Underground playing sitar and electric bass, a key member in The Imagined Village project, and a collaborator with internationally renowned artists from many genres. Sheema has collaborated with Courtney Pine, Sir John Tavener, Martin Carthy, Bobby McFerrin, Boris Grebenshikov, Natacha Atlas, Noel Gallagher and Cornershop, Mercan Dede, and Bulgarian folk singer Yanka Rupkina. She has toured the world widely and key performances include The World Music Festival (Chicago), Montreux Jazz Festival, supporting Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (1998), and the Olympics Arts Festival for Sydney 2000. She also makes regular appearances at WOMAD (UK).