“Shakuntala” by Kalidasa; a play with dance and a classic tale of love from India.
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: Suggested donation $5.00
Location: First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave., Des Moines IA 50315
Gateway Dance Theatre of Des Moines is thrilled to collaborate with StageWest to present this bold, new, innovative adaptation by renowned Indian playwright, Kalidasa.
Kalidasa is regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit (Indian) language and “Shakuntala” is considered his masterpiece. Shakuntala, a young woman raised in a secluded forest sanctuary, falls in love with, and marries King Dushyanta, whom she meets when he is hunting nearby. But an evil spell soon robs the king of his memory of his new bride. Can the curse be lifted and the lovers reunited? The play engages the audience with colorful costumes (Best Costume Design nominee – 2016 Cloris Awards), dance and diverse music, featuring the rhythms of African, Caribbean and Indian music.
The multicultural cast is proud of its diverse heritages that reflect the changing cultural landscape in Iowa. The organization seeks to advance an arts movement in the state that encompasses global cultures and supports the sharing of resources and experiences among all members of the community.