Big Picture Taj Continues Riverside's Indian WinterDate: 23 January 2003
The Big Picture company brings another taste of India to Riverside Studios next month with Taj. Following a national tour in autumn 2002, the latest offering from this young British Asian company takes up residence in London for a limited three-week season from 4 to 22 February 2003.
One of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal represents the opulence and mystery of an Islamic past long gone. Taj brings past and present together through the eyes of a young Asian woman who visits the palace in search of her history, but when she meets the ghost of the Empress who the Taj Mahal was built in honour of, her real world collides with dreams and fantasy.
Writer and director Uzma Hameed works with choreographer Rachel Harris and uses original music by Paul Clark to create a production that combines dance, text and video projection. The production is designed by Leslie Travers, with costumes by Nicholas Immaculate, lighting by Adam Crosthwaite and video by Hideaway Productions.
Taj continues the current sub-continental theme at Riverside Studios where, this week, Shared Experience's acclaimed adaptation of EM Forster's A Passage to India opens tonight for a four-week season, also following an autumn tour (See News, 25 Nov 2002).
- by Hannah Khalil