The Seven Ages of Man DVD

A DVD of our 2008 cross-cultural multi-media music-theatre production reinterpreting Shakespeare’s famous text, directed by Lilicherie MacGregor and produced by Jack Body. Featuring acclaimed master of Balinese masked dance, I NYOMAN SUKERTA, in combination with Gamelan Padhang Moncar, Gamelan Taniwha Jaya, and Graduates of the Wellington Performing Arts Centre.

A collaboration between NZ and Indonesian artists, this was a hugely entertaining, sometimes startling, reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s view of human life. Mixing multi-lingual declamation, exotic vocal styles, physical theatre and gamelan percussion this production transcended the many boundaries of time and place, language and culture. Shakespeare was never more universal than this! All the world’s a stage….

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The Seven Ages of Man

cross-cultural multi-media music-theatre

This DVD shows the acclaimed master of Balinese masked dance, I NYOMAN SUKERTA, in combination with local artists to reinterpret Shakespeare’s famous text.

A collaboration between NZ and Indonesian artists, this was a hugely entertaining, sometimes startling, reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s view of human life. Mixing multi-lingual declamation, exotic vocal styles, physical theatre and gamelan percussion this production transcended the many boundaries of time and place, language and culture. Shakespeare was never more universal than this! All the world’s a stage….

Featuring:

  • Gamelan Padhang Moncar
  • Gamelan Taniwha Jaya
  • a specially formed Randai group
  • Tristan Carter (electric violin)
  • Helen Bowater, Christine White (vocals)
  • Megan Collins (rabab pasisia, vocals)

and Graduates of the Wellington Performing Arts Centre:

  • Salesi Le’ota
  • Deborah Rea
  • Jessica Aaltonen

Gamelan Performers: Budi S. Putra (dir Gamelan Padhang Moncar); I Wayan Gde Yudane (dir Gamelan Taniwha Jaya); Helen Bowater; Marie Direen; Judith Exley; Gareth Farr; Beth Goodwin; Jo Hilder; Mike Jones; Anton Killin; Kylie Nesbit; Catherine Robertshawe; Richard Robertshawe; Lyndee Jane Rutherford; Greg Street; Pippa Strom; Svenda Strom

Randai Performers: Jessica Aaltonen, Megan Collins, Salisi Le’ota, Leutu Matautia, Bronwyn Poultney, Yono Soekarno

Music byGareth Farr, Wayan Yudane, Budi Putra

ProducerJack Body

Director: Lilicherie McGregor

Lighting: Thomas Press

Guest artist: I Nyoman Sukerta (Bali)

Sponsors: 

  • The NZ School of Music
  • Asia:NZ Foundation
  • Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Rasa Malaysian & South Indian Restaurant
  • Wellington Performing Arts Centre

All photos by Robert Catto /robertcatto.com.