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The classical dance drama of Kerala South India

–  On UK tour from Kerala, India, Autumn 2017

 – A breathtaking blend of theatre, dance, drama, spectacle, music and storytelling.


‘They perform with amazing grace, intensity and dignity.  Intense, hypnotic and spectacularly beautiful’ – The Daily Telegraph

‘It is impossible not to find the colourful, entertaining and fascinating.  The dancers’ impressive skill, rooted in years of discipline, remind us of the glory of non-European drama’ – The Stage

‘For one night…actors, dancer, musicians and the audience slipped through the magic of possession into the theatre of the gods.’ – Shiomi Pinto, Extradition Magazine

 ‘If it is possible to be simultaneously exhilarated and humbled by art this was just such an occasion’- Hexham Courant, Peter Lewis

The renowned Kala Chethena Kathakali Company, from Kerala, South India, is bringing the ancient art of Kathakali to Pontardawe Arts Centre. 


KATHAKALI is a masterpiece of sacred theatre that erupts on stage with striking visual images that expose the magical world of South India. Nurtured for centuries by the remarkable people of Kerala, Kathakali leads the audience into the entrancing world of storytelling.

Celebrating 30 years of touring the UK The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company is back in Wales in 2017 with unforgettable Kathakali performances performed by top international performers, superb singers, rhythmic drummers and highly skilled make-up artists.

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company was founded in 1987 by Kathakali make up specialist, Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar and Kathakali actor, Kalamandalam Vijayakumar.

The company has presented more than 1,750 performances, 3,500 workshops and 23 exhibitions introducing the art of Kathakali to thousands of people all over the country.  During this time the company have performed in Wales on many occasions.

“They perform with amazing grace and dignity. Intense, hypnotic and spectacularly beautifulThe Daily Telegraph.

Kathakali is one of the most powerful forms of theatre in the world. The characters are completely transformed through elaborate three-dimensional make up called “Chutti”.

“It is impossible not to find the performance colourful, entertaining and fascinating. The dancers` impressive skill, rooted in years of discipline, remind us of the glory of non-European drama” The Stage

It’s the Indian equivalent of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet or Royal Shakespeare Company visiting your area!

Please note the show is 2hours long with a short interval so the show is expected to finish at 9.45pm

Running Time: 120 minutes


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