The Revival of the Laotian Ramayana

In a historic revival on November 8 & 9 2003, the Royal Ballet Theatre (RBT), an independent Laos organisation of these youths and elders, assisted by Theatreworks International, will perform 3 episodes of the 9-episode Ramayana epic. This extensive retrieval of memory and remounting has been approved by the government to take place in front of the royal palace (now known as the royal palace museum).

 


‘Capturing the Vernacular’ - Video Workshops with Youths of the Children’s Cultural Centre, Luang Prabang

A project with the youths in documenting their everyday lives with videos. Youths at the Children’s Cultural Centre in Luang Prabang were taught the basics of videoing and documenting by Asian filmmakers in a series of workshops. These culminated in a show-and-tell of the mini-documentaries created by the young Laotian participants, ranging from 1-minute short films to 10-minute documentaries.

 


The Mekong Diaries

The fourth edition of Theatreworks’ Flying Circus Project (which started in 1996). A series of visiting Asian artists workshops with the local community.

This included documentary video, contemporary dance, contemporary theatre focussing on women’s lives in Luang Prabang, Kathakali, Javanese and Thai mask dance, Filipino educational theatre/theatre for young people, contemporary music.

This will culminate in a series of performance presentations and a documentation exhibition by the youths and the Asian artists on 10 & 11 November 2003 in Luang Prabang.

 

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