Jain's Mahabharata is a modern retelling of the ancient Sanskrit poem of the same name
Presented in partnership with the Shaw Festival, Mahabharata is a contemporary take on a Sanskrit epic that is more than four thousand years old and foundational to Indian culture. This gripping story of a family feud is an exploration of profound philosophical and spiritual ideas. Why Not Theatre’s large-scale retelling stars a cast entirely of performers from the South Asian diaspora and presents a complex hybrid of cultures balancing East and West, traditional and contemporary. Mahabharata is a visually stunning spectacle presented in two parts that takes audiences on a journey through the past in order to write a thrilling new future.
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The National Creation Fund’s investment of $225,000 allowed Why Not Theatre to bring together the international cast, musicians and the creative team for several extended workshops to collectively develop the three parts of the large-scale project.
A Why Not Theatre production, in association with Barbican, London, commissioned and presented by the Shaw Festival.
Production partners: Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter Program, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, The Slaight Family Foundation, Kingfisher Foundation, Deb Barrett & Jim Leech, Lindy Green Family Foundation, Wuchien Michael Than Foundation.
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
|Presented by The Shaw Festival||Feb 28 - Mar 26, 2023||Festival Theatre (Niagara-on-the-Lake)|
|Presented by the Barbican||Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2023||The Barbican Theatre (London)|
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For the million-plus members of the South Asian diaspora living in the Greater Toronto Area, the “Mahabharata” will be familiar.