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I Am Calonarang

Dance-Theatre-Ritual piece / 2023

Synopsis

Calonarang, also known as Matah Gede, is a Javanese-Balinese Witch who, for many centuries, has been seen as an evil woman that practices black magic and spreads diseases. In Bali, this character is only performed by men. In this new version, Calonarang raises her voice and embodies her own story, demystifying witchcraft and black magic, embracing themes like violence against women and sustainability. “I Am Calonarang” is a dance-theatre-ritual piece, devised by East 15’s World Performance students and directed by Allegra Ceccarelli.

DIRECTED BY ALLEGRA CECCARELLI
EAST 15 ACTING SCHOOL, UK
PERFORMED BY THE BA WORLD PERFORMANCE 2024
JUNE 2023 AT THE CLIFFTOWN THEATRE

Pictures by: Lauren Russell and Leah Zhelyazkova

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