by Adishakti Theatre (India)
24 & 25 Nov 2018, Sat & Sun
Sat: 8pm | Sun: 3pm
Esplanade Theatre Studio
One of the unsung heroes of the Indian epic Ramayana is the army of monkeys from the land of Kishkindha that helped Rama win his war against the demon king Ravana. But before these simian soldiers followed him into war, their ruler, the monkey king Bali, commanded them all.
A meditation on justice, ethics and morality, Adishakti’s Bali is a retelling of the crucial events that led to the death of the titular character, which set the rest of the story in motion. The play explores the notion of right or wrong through the different viewpoints of characters Bali, Tara, Sugreeva, Angadha, Rama and Ravana, while imploring the audience to take a step back from ideology and identity to answer the question: where does one draw the line?
Written and directed by long-time company member Nimmy Raphel, this production incorporates traditional performance forms, martial art practice of kalarippayattu and elements of Indian wrestling gusti.