I am troubled. The question is obscure
August 23, 2011 3:34 AM Subscribe
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In 1989, invited to an open air theatre
, late at night, I first experienced
the 6 hour long
screening of Peter Brook
's Mahabharata, a much
epic which includes the complete Bhagavad Gita as a central part
of its narrative. Brook's multiracial casting
and innovative treatment received criticism
impact has been
acknowledged anyone who sat
through the 9 hour play, the 6 hour TV serialization or only the
3 hour DVD.Vyasa: Do you know how to write ?
Boy : No
Vyasa: I have composed a great poem. I have composed it all but nothing is written. I need someone to write down what I know.
Boy : What's your name ?
Boy : What's your poem about ?
Vyasa: It's about You.
Boy : Me.
Vyasa: Yes. It is the story of your race. How your ancestors were born. How they grew. How vast war arose. It is the poetical history of mankind. If you listen carefully, at the end you will be someone else. with clips
Wisdom-book and story-repository, fifteen times the size of the Bible, The Mahabharata was written in Sanskrit, but the words you hear are French, spoken with a piquant diversity of accents matching each actor’s distinctive shape, skin and race. A diminutive North African Jew as elephant-headed Ganesha, then as Krishna. Vyasa, the bard of the poem, a ginger-haired Gascon. Tiny, tightbound Japanese, long-limbed loping Senegalese, pale-skinned Germans and Poles, a wide-lipped Lebanese, a princess with streaming black hair and etched eyes – the one Indian in this constellation of colours and silhouettes. A multicultural congregation of actors plays out an ancient accumulation of fantastic fables, wisdom parables and fierce physical confrontations over three nights in an arena of rock, sand, water and fire. You think: this is theatre and not-theatre, a play and an encounter that is more than a play, as the stories start to unspool, recounted by the poet-author who is also a figure in his own tapestry of tales. via
There's a torrent available.