John Milton's "Paradise Lost"
December 6, 7, 8 2013 at Fleck Dance Theare, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto
John Milton’s Paradise Lost - Performance
December 6, 7 and 8, 2013 - 8:00PM - Fleck Dance Theatre
Part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps Dance Series
We are at the final stages of our research of our next very important dance presentation – John Milton’s PARADISE LOST. We are very proud to say that two world renowned Milton scholars Mr. Philip Pullman (of the film Golden Compass which was adapted from his book: Northern Lights) from Oxford, England and Dr. Tulsiram Sharma (Dr. Sharma’s PHD thesis from the University of London was on PARADISE LOST) from Toronto are leading the way for me to know John Milton and his master piece. We will be presenting PARADISE LOST in December 2013 to celebrate John Milton’s 413th birthday. The rehearsals will begin in the last week of July.
We are very pleased that some esteemed Canadian modern dancers: Zhenya Cerneacov, Louis Laberge-Côté, Tyler Gledhill, Robert Glumbeck and Eddie Kastrau and will be participating in PARADISE LOST along with the following dancers from the Janak Khendry Dance Company: Reshmi Chetram, Divya Divakaran, Kieran Heralall, Sinthuja Jeyarajah, Biplob Kar, Kala Vageesan, Biplob Kar, Harinnya Rajasekeran, Guhendran Saravanapava, Rugsha Sivanandan and Kala Vageesan. Bradley Trenaman will be the Lighting Director to create his magic as usual.
During our research of PARADISE LOST we were amazed to find that several passages are identical to the passages in the ancient Indian scriptures Upanishads and Bhagwat Gita. To keep the harmony of the similarity of two different cultures, in the different parts of the world, of two very different time periods, we are using the creativity of two very important music composers – Mr. Eric Cadesky from Canada and Mr. Ashit Desai from India. In 2012 Mr. Desai visited Toronto and we arranged a meeting among Dr. Sharma, Mr. Cadesky and Mr. Desai. They were delighted to meet each other and are very excited to be creating music for one of the greatest works in western literature.
I have been meeting with Dr. Tulsiram Sharma on regular basis to fully understand this great epic so that I can do full justice in presenting it to our International audiences. In July I will visit Mr. Philip Pullman in Oxford, England to discuss the final details.
We are anxiously waiting to create and share with the world this great literary work translated into dance. Please watch for more exciting news on the progress of PARADISE LOST here on our website.