How people deal with death says something about how they live. The way they face the inevitable end differs per culture, country and generation. In some cultures, death is intertwined with everyday life. In funeral and mourning rituals there is room to mourn, but also to celebrate life. This makes death less terrifying.
In True Life, Kalpanarts examines the relationship between life and death. Hindu verses, the god Shiva and Indian philosophy are sources of inspiration. Rituals surrounding death and the dead will also be featured, such as the cremation rituals on the holy river Ganges, the Day of the Dead in Mexico (Día de los Muertos) and the Orleans Jazz funerals. Research into the piece took into account the personal experiences and beliefs of the performers with their different cultural backgrounds. The six dancers are joined on stage by the talented Shishani Vranckx (vocals & guitar).
A musical dance performance about death and the celebration of life
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INCLUDING POST SHOW DISCUSSION WITH KALPANA RAGHURAMAN IN THE AINSI THEATERZAAL
‘Because, death is certain for the one who is born, and birth is certain for the one who dies. Therefore, you should not lament over the inevitable.’
- Bhagavad Gita
(influential Hindu scripture)
Indu Panday, Sooraj Subramaniam, Goda Žukauskaitė e.a.
Shishani Vranckx (zang & gitaar)