WIN! The Manganiyar Seduction
One of the most original and mesmerising live performances on earth is headed for Brisbane... and we'vetickets to win
Unless you've travelled to see this show, you won't have seen anything like this before. The Manganiyar Seduction is a visually activated, musically energised masterpiece, and it's coming to Brisbane for the very first time.
“rapturous... jaw-dropping... buoyant... Compelling...tranquil...”
...is how the production was described by the The New York Times, adding to the chorus of superlatives attributed to the show all over the world. Now, The Manganiyar Seduction will be performed just twice at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on March 1 and 2, 2018.
During the show, forty musicians are seated in 36 red-curtained cubicles arranged in four horizontal rows stacked on top of the other. The concert begins when a single cubicle lights up and the first singer begins his song. Soon another cubicle lights up and then another - creating a dramatic and astounding crescendo of song and music, mesmerising and transporting audiences to another world.
As the ensemble grows in number and the sound gathers momentum, the skin-pricking climax is heralded by an sumptuous light show as all the pods glow and pulsate along with the musical rhythms in an extraordinary original concept, brilliantly executed.
The Manganiyars are a caste of Muslim musicians wpredominantly settled in the districts of Jaisalmer, Barmer and Jodhpur, in the heart of the Thar Desert, a vast northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. They traditionally performed for Kings, however over the years their patrons have shifted from Kings to people who could give them a meal. It was in the 1970s that ethno-musicologist, the late Komal Kothari, discovered them and gave them into contemporary performance spaces.
Their repertoire includes ballads about those kings and also Sufi poems written by various mystics. They have songs for birth, marriage, feasts and more, and even though they are classified as folk musicians, their traditional music is classical and it clearly indicates the roots of classical music in India. It is the combination of raw folk with the complexity of classical music that makes them so special.
Director Roysten Abel has reversed the usual practice of using music for theatre, and instead, uses theatre to create magic in music. He describes what he calls, his First Seduction.
“While directing a play in Spain in 2006, I was accompanied by two Manganiyar musicians who formed part of the company. They would follow me and play music in all the places I went, most of the time overlooking the decorum of that space. I would wake up and sleep to their playing over the course of a fortnight, during which time a strange psychological event took place. Having left for Germany to direct another production, I realised that I missed the music so I would call them and ask them to sing over the phone. I was totally seduced.”
“Returning to India filled with inspiration, I wanted to translate this seduction into a physical realm. For some reason, my experience made me think of a red light district, bordering on the burlesque inside my head, heart and body. I thought of windows in Indian palaces where women folk would view ceremonies or processions while unwittingly becoming the subjects of voyeurism themselves. For me, these windows came alive with musicians.”
“I went to Jaisalmer and auditioned a thousand musicians, from whom I selected 45. The Manganiyars were not accustomed to rehearsals and I was attempting to translate an experience into a piece of theatre. We got into the process of understanding and trusting each other over a three-year period before arriving at The Manganiyar Seduction. But even after hearing it a thousand times, it still has the power to seduce me.”
The Manganiyar Seduction will be presented twice only in Brisbane, on Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 1, 2018 at 8pm at the QPAC Concert Hall (adjoining Southbank).
Tickets start at $99, with family priced group tickets available starting at $249, and are available now via
www.qpac.com.au or by calling 136 246.
The Manganiyar Seduction is an incredible show and the Messenger is celebrating its arrival with two awesome prize packs.
Both prize packs, each with four A-Reserve tickets, are for the Thursday 1 March show, 8.00pm at QPAC Concert Hall. The tickets are valued at $114 each, for a total prize pool of $912!
To enter, email
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The two winning entries will each receive four A-Reserve ticket packs valued at $456, so you can take friends or family along.
Get your entries in before Thursday February 26 at 5pm. Correct entries will be chosen at random, don't forget to include your contact details so we can let you you've won.
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