Katrien Baerts (pfoto: Claudia Hansen)

Gandari

A dance opera

TONY PRABOWO
Gandari (première)
An epic from the Mahabharata story 

ASKO|SCHÖNBERG
SLAGWERK DEN HAAG
conductor Bas Wiegers
soprano Katrien Baerts
director Yudi A. Tajudin
choreograph Akiko Kitamura
text Goenawan Mohamad
artistic leader Teguh Ostenrik 
choir Batavia Madrigal Singers
dancers Indonesische dansers

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Thursday, 11 December 2014
20:00 hours
Jakarta
Teater Jakarta

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Friday, 12 December 2014
20:00 hours
Jakarta
Teater Jakarta

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The Indonesian composer Tony Prabowo asked Asko|Schönberg to give the première of his new work. This dance opera is inspired by the Hindu epic Gandari.

Princess Gandari of the Gandara Kingdom was married to the blind Destarata. She decides to cover her eyes with a black blindfold, so as to live in the same darkness as her husband. They had 100 sons known as the Kurawas. Until the end of her life she supported her one hundred children in their conflict against the Pandawas in the great Bharatayuda war. The Pandawas were the children of Pandu, Destarata’s younger brother. After the Bharatayuda war ended in victory for the Pandawas, Gandari, her husband and sister-in-law Kunti, the Pandawas’ mother, are all tragically killed by a forest fire.