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From The Mahabharata – The Great Dance-Off

With more than 200,000 individual verse lines, the Mahabharata is considered the longest poem ever written. Attributed to the Hindu scribe Vyasa, the Indian epic builds up to the Kurukshetra War, a mythological battle between opposing groups of cousins. Functioning as both a follow-up to AtticRep’s Forum Theatre Project in San Antonio’s sister city of Chennai, India, in 2014 and the inauguration of the company’s new San Antonio International Festival of Performance, From The Mahabharata – The Great Dance-Off spins references from the ancient poem into a narrative surrounding an artistic director of a dance company torn between styles. Directed by Roberto Prestigiacomo and featuring a cast of 14 local actors and singers, choreography by Kausi Subramaniam and Seme Jatib and original music composed by Reena Esmail and performed by SOLI Chamber Ensemble, the hybrid performance culminates with a dance-off between factions championing opposing styles: classical vs. contemporary. $18-$28, 8pm Thu-Sat, 2:30pm Sun, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org. Through June 14. — BR


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