Kathakali returns to Chichester

Following a sell-out performance in 2015, The Novium Museum is bringing Kathakali back to perform again in The Guildhall, Priory Park.

Kathakali is the classical dance drama of the state of Kerala and combines storytelling, dance, drama, music, ritual, vibrant costumes and the highly skilled art of make-up called 'chutti'. The chutti is in the Guinness Book of Records as the most three dimensional make-up in the world. Originally emerging in the 17th century, the word 'Kathakali' is derived from the words 'katha' meaning story and 'kali' meaning play. Every aspect of Kathakali is based on devotion and performed as a sacred act of Hindu worship.

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company, from Kerala, South India, are world-class Kathakali experts who have undergone years of intense training and performed internationally for decades. The tour focuses on making Kathakali as accessible and enjoyable to as many people as possible.

"Kathakali is renowned as one of the most powerful forms of visual storytelling in the world and this is an exciting opportunity to bring a part of this remarkable southern Indian heritage back to Chichester.  Their last performance in Chichester captivated the audience and we look forward to welcoming the Kala Chethena Kathakali Company back this September," says Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council.

As well as a performance, The Guildhall will open from 11.30am for the opportunity to drop in and see first-hand the elaborate pre-show preparation through the three dimensional process of chutti (make-up), a viewing of the beautiful costumes and a chance to meet the artists.

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Arts Council England for making this tour possible.

The Kathakali performance will take place at 2pm - 3.30pm on Saturday 30 September in The Guildhall, Priory Park. Tickets cost £12 and early booking is recommended. A free drop in session will also run from 11.30am - 1pm at The Guildhall.

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the museum's website or by calling 01243 775888 and selecting option one.

Date of release:19 July 2017

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