Little Did explores the nature of cross-cultural collaboration with a selection from The Ramayana, an epic poem familiar to over a billion people. Using live sitar and overhead projectors, the company presents shadow puppetry in raga form.
Our first, ten-minute excerpt of the piece premiered as part of Rachel Feinstein’s “Last Days of Folly” event in Madison Square Park on September 3, 2014 (sponsored by Performa). You can see our premiere performance below. In 2016, Little Did reprised a revised version of our Ramayana piece at Threes Brewing bar and event space in Brooklyn. The performance was part of Isaac Gillespie’s music residency which also featured an original mask piece by Sara Jane Munford. In 2017, we performed it as part of Chinese Theater Works’ Shadow Slam.
Now, Little Did has expanded the piece as part of the OBJECT MOVEMENT Puppetry Festival at the Center at West Park, enlisting the help of incredible Indian collaborators in the fields of design, music and puppetry to create a piece that’s artistically curious and culturally sensitive. Our 50-minute Ramayana premiered in May of 2018 and is looking for a home for further development.
The Ramayana is made possible in part by The Nancy Quinn Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), and with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net. It was developed in residency with In The Water Theatre Company, Drop Forge and Tool Company, and the Center at West Park Object Movement Festival.
Special Thanks to our incredible donors who made this show possible by donating $5,842 to our crowdfunding campaign: Elyse Levesque, Elizabeth Coan, Joe and Maureen Moses, Starry Krueger, Julie Congress, Bob and Sandy Santy, Monica Mordaunt, Christopher Lowell, Phil Soltanoff, Sarah Whalen, Kemmerer Rebecca, Cole Knapper, Jonathan Moses, Sam Gold, George Peterson, Katherine Goodman, Joe and Patrice Lorence, Teresa Hooper, Denise Baddour, Matthew Keyes, Chrissie Brewer, Ema Holdredge, Deborah Downes, Colin Lord, Kathleen Lord, Matt Caldamone, Steve Carlin, Rachel Derr, Martha Bennet, Debra Navratil, Hugh Brewer, Jacboo Perez, Barbara Peterson, Lee Bilsky and Molly Johnsen
Watch: The Ramayana