Elektra by World in Theatre (Singapore)
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The Esplanade, Singapore
  • The minimalist set was amazing (almost no props), and the costumes were more interpretive than anything easily identifiable
  • But all of the main characters had powerful voices that made the masks (which looked suffocating) not an issue at all
  • I would recommend a performance by this troupe to anyone who gets a chance to see them

    • by believin
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      In January 2005, I got to attend a very unique production. It was Euripides’ Elektra, performed by an Indian dance troupe, World in Theatre. The performance was at the Esplanade (The Esplanade Co Ltd, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981), and was produced by V.

      Subramaniam. The play was translated into English, and was performed as Indian dance.

      The musicians represented a similar fusion of Western and Indian instruments. The actors/dancers were mostly Indian,


      but Sonny Tan (a Chinese) was notable for his powerful vocals and authoritative approach to Indian dance.

      The passion which was brought to the stage through the dance and performance — and especially the outstanding vocals — really took my breath away. I had sat watching the crowd trickle in, and wondered what I’d gotten myself into.

      But it took no time at all for the performance to absolutely captivate me (and surprise ...


      • me in doing so). The minimalist set was amazing (almost no props), and the costumes were more interpretive than anything easily identifiable.

        The animal-like masks should have subdued the voices of the actors, and for one or two of the minor characters, this was the case. But all of the main characters had powerful voices that made the masks (which looked suffocating) not an issue at all.

        Particularly powerful was Elektra’s mourning

        scene. It was evocative and moving, and was even rather startling to me.

        World in Theatre has performed many other classics from all over the world, translating the lyrics into English and fusing this with traditional Indian dance. The performances are very moving.

        I would recommend a performance by this troupe to anyone who gets a chance to see them. My only complaint about the group is that there hasn’t been any performance since April 2005.




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