Oneness voice without form

Background

In the year of Swami Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary, Vedanta Centres of Australia and Ramakrishna Sarada Vedanta Society of NSW have an ambitious plan to produce a play 'Oneness – Voice without form' an Indian-Australian collaboration, celebrating Swami Vivekananda's phenomenal life and teachings, bringing peace and harmony through the concept of Absolute Oneness. The innovative co-production is a unique artistic work, bringing together leading theatre artists from India and Australia, working with contrasting theatrical and musical styles, leading to a harmonized contemporary offering.

The Organisations

The Vedanta Centre of Sydney, a branch of the Ramakrishna Math & Mission, founded in 1899, has been serving as a pillar of spiritual support for a wide section of the Australian community for over 30 years. Its principles of the unity of existence and the concept of oneness have resonated with a diverse multi-cultural society attracting a large number of people. Regular and special events held throughout the year attract a large number of people to the Centres spread all over Australia.

Ramakrishna Sarada Vedanta Society of NSW was formed in 1974; the Society is a non-profit, non-political organisation and an affiliated branch Centre of Sri Sarada Math of the Ramakrishna Order. The main objectives of the Society are to carry on educational, cultural, charitable and similar activities irrespective of creed, race or nationality.Regular and special events held throughout the year attract a large number of people to the Centre.

The activities of the Centres are firmly grounded on the teachings of the great teachers Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. It was Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) - the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna who took the message of oneness of existence to the wider world outside India.

Objectives of the Arts Performance

Australia is growing as a diverse multi-cultural society. Living in harmony, with a sense of social inclusion is fundamental to the well being of a diverse, yet unified community. We believe an important way to develop new audience and new awareness is through the messages of universal peace and harmony.

Artistic productions such as Oneness – Voice without form bring forth the principles of great teachers who have had universal appeal all over the world, to wide sections of the community for over a century. The idea of the play emerged from a keen desire to share Swami Vivekananda's universally appealing principles of oneness amongst all, even as we live and work in a diverse multi-cultural society that is Australia.

Outline of the Performance

The Play Oneness – Voice without Form is a unique artistic collaboration, bringing together theatre artists from India and Australia, working with different performance practice and music styles to fuse a harmonized contemporary work.

Drawing on the ancient Indian performance ritual Natya Shastra, Oneness – Voice without form, will incorporate theatre, movement and music in a contemporary Australian performance framework. Operating within the concept of Natya Shastra theory, the work will use contemporary theatre elements to create a powerful multi-dimensional performance style.

Just as Vivekananda strove to break down the barriers to cultures and religions, the production will utilize different performance traditions to create a work that is at once ancient and modern, eastern and western, physical and spiritual.

The performance will open with a building crescendo of traditional Indian music and chanting. These will suddenly be cut-off to reveal Vivekananda in a single spotlight on stage. Vivekananda will then deliver the speech that stopped the world at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893.From here the play will flashback and with skilful utilizing of traditional Indian movement will trace Vivekananda from his aristocratic upbringing in Calcutta through his enlightenment and voyage to the west. Using contemporary Australian theatrical practice and fast moving scenes the extraordinary story of Vivekananda's journey will be brought to the stage in a vivid and powerful thru-line.

Written and directed by award winning Australian playwright Alex Broun, who has also worked extensively as a director with both Opera Australia and the Sydney Theatre Company, music will be composed and performed live by Dr Kim Cunio from Australia.

Performed by a cast of leading Australian and Indian actors the production will blend performance styles to create a work that is at one with both cultures. The play will be rehearsed in Sydney at the Vedanta Centre, to bring the cast closer to Indian cultural practice and traditions.

Vivekananda's life goal was to fuse the east and the west, and in seeking to create collaboration between Australian and Indian performance styles there can be no greater focal point.

Oneness – Voice without form will take the audience on a journey that is traditional and contemporary, entertaining and profound, earthy and ethereal. Most importantly the audience will carry with them a sense of peace and harmony as they leave the theatre.

This is the gist of all worship to be pure and to do good to others.

-- Swami Vivekananda --

Cast and Crew

Profile of Key Artistes

Writer and Director

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Alex Broun

Musician

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Kim Cunio

Vivekananda

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Saheb Chatterjee

Movement Director

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Adelina Larsson

Young Vivekananda and other roles

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BALI PADDA

Kali and other roles

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TADE ADEPOYIBI

Ramakrishna and other roles

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ROBERT RHODE

Elizabeth Dutcher and other roles

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SONTAAN HOPSON

Sadananda and other roles

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JOHN GOMEZ GOODWAY

Kate Sanborn and other roles

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JULIA KENNEDY-SCOTT

Sister Nivedita and other roles

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DANA DAJANI

Professor Wright and other roles

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JERRY RETFORD

Sarada Devi and other roles

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ISARO KAYITESI

ViswanathDutta and other roles

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CARLOS SIVALINGAM

BhusvaneswariDutta and other roles

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SUPARNA MALLICK

Co-Director

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FELICITY NICOL

Production Designer

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TOBHIYAH FELLER

Strength is Life, Weakness is Death.

-- Swami Vivekananda --

When and Where can I see this amazing play ?

Sydney

When:  17th and 18th September 2pm
The shows are as follows: Tuesday, 17th September - 7,00 to 9.00 p.m.
Wednesday, 18th September
Matinee: 2.00 to 4.00 p.m; 7.00 to 9.00 p.m.
Where:  Playhouse theatre, Sydney Opera house.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Email: svsponsors@vedantasydney.org Web: www.vedantasydney.org and www.saradavedanta.org

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Brisbane

Performance Date:  Sunday, 22nd September 2013
Venue: BEMAC theatre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Qld
Time (2 shows): 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m; 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Duration:  2 hrs (20 min interval)
Tickets:  $80 (premium seats); $40 (normal); $25 (student/ child concession)

BEMAC theatre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Qld

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Be a Hero. Always say, I have no Fear.

-- Swami Vivekananda --

Sponsorship

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES- AT A GLANCE

  • We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

    Swami Vivekananda
  • You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

    Swami Vivekananda
  • All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.

    Swami Vivekananda
  • The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

    Swami Vivekananda
  • Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

    Swami Vivekananda

Sponsors

In one word, this ideal is that you are divine.

-- Swami Vivekananda --

Forms

Please check the links of attached forms to complete to nominate your participation, We appreciate every single contribution that you choose to make and we thank you in advance for your consideration.

Contact Us

VEDANTA ORGANISATIONS OF RAMAKRISHNA ORDER
VEDANTA CENTRES OF AUSTRALIA (ABN: 48 101 485 232)
2 Stewart Street, Ermington NSW 2115, Australia
Email: svsponsors@vedantasydney.org Web: www.vedantasydney.org and www.saradavedanta.org