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SIDDHARTHA (article first published : 1999-06-14)

Well-known choreographer Jay Pather has been commissioned to write A South African Siddhartha for the Standard Bank National Arts Festival’s 25th anniversary in Grahamstown in July.

The piece is based on the novel by Herman Hesse and combines contemporary dance with traditional Zulu and Xhosa styles as well as classical Indian Orissi and Bharatha Natyam. A South African setting has been given to the story of Prince Siddhartha’s search for wisdom and his subsequent development into the Buddha. Lighting and visual design will be by Logan Shunmugan (now at the University of Champagne in Chicago) and award-winning designer Sarah Roberts will create the set and costumes. Music will be by Jurgen Brauninger.

A South African Siddhartha will run at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg at the end of July.


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