Ramayana: The Abduction of Sita


The Ramayana is an ancient Indian epic familiar to over a billion people. For our ten-minute excerpt, Little Did used found Indian images (brought to life by Jane Clausen, Katarra and Jessica), as well as a reimagining of the Beatles classic “Within You Without You” scored live by Luke on the sitar. 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.

On OCTOBER 17, 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. On Friday, February 17th, we performed it as part of Chinese Theater Works’ Shadow Slam.

Now, Little Did is hard at work expanding and rethinking our piece as part of the OBJECT MOVEMENT Puppetry Festival at the Center at West Park. Stay tuned to our social media pages for updates on our Spring premiere, our fundraising efforts and our Indian collaborators.

Watch: The Ramayana

Photos: Jane B Clausen