Snakes Gods & Deities … Freedom From Fear
7pm Wednesday 25 - Sunday 29 August 2004
9pm Friday 27 & Saturday 28 August 2004
Gardens Park Golf Links - Chin
Quan Road Darwin
Performed beneath a magnificent moonlit rain tree canopy,
Tracks Dance in collaboration with Sri Lanka's
Sama Ballet saturate the senses with their latest production Snakes Gods
& Deities featuring dance and live drumming.
Surrender to the sensual beauty, mystical sounds and pounding
energy of a surreal journey through a world of darkness and light where
fear has no cultural boundaries.
Inspired by Tracks Co-Director Tim Newth's Asialink cultural
residency in Sri Lanka, the local / international cast of Snakes Gods
& Deities will empower, astound, enrich and enlighten.
Dances have been created to ward off fear or 'evil' within
many cultures and can incite an audience, instilling fear and heightened
emotional states. Dance also has the power to transform, changing fear
to joy and darkness to light.
"Travelling through Sri Lanka, I am drawn to the culture
and seek out as much dance as possible. I witness all night rituals where
dancers perform for the Gods in order to heal a community experiencing
misfortune or sickness.
One day while meditating sitting cross-legged on the floor,
something lands on my knee. When I feel the same sensation on the other
knee, curiosity gets the better of me and I open my eyes to see a snake
wrapping itself around my leg. Fear is with me. Joyous at each new cultural
experience, I sense fear every week as I cross paths with a snake." Tim
A highlight of the Darwin Festival calendar, Snakes Gods
& Deities will be staged at the Gardens Park Golf Links (yet another unique
Tracks performance venue) and sumptuous Sri Lankan food (additional to
ticket price) will be available pre-show from 6pm.
The Sama Ballet preserves and presents traditional dance
forms intact and creativity extends to experimenting with new forms and
ideas. Their philosophy is to promote peace and communal, religious and
social harmony amongst the peoples of the world through dance, music and
other performing arts.
Tickets for Snakes Gods & Deities are $20 Full, $18 Friends
and $12 Preview / Concession.
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