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London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT)

   
www.liftfestival.com
info@liftfestival.com
t : 020 7968 6800
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EAT London
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2007
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EAT London is a collaboration between LIFT, artist and architect, Alicia Rios and Barbara Ortiz, a team of artist facilitators and 14 volunteer groups who have been planning how to recreate the city in edible form.

Reflecting both the diversity of the urban surroundings and the variety of cultures within it which give London life such spice, the map will feature a dim sum Imperial War Museum and a Buckingham Palace built from Indian mitsi sweets amongst other mouth-watering and mind-boggling delights. The public are being asked to admire the map before devouring it in Trafalgar Square.

The makers of EAT London: Project Phakama UK; Year Ten Food Technology from Mulberry School for Girls; The Spicy South from Southwark; Bowbons from Bromley by Bow Centre; Tower Hamlets Summer University; The Factory Community Project; Saathi Resource Centre (Eastwards Trust); Shoreditch Trust; Spitalfields City Farm and Coriander Club; Greenwich Vietnam Women’s Group; Roj Women Association from Halkevi, Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre; Nu-Life Day Opportunities; SubCo; Organic Training Café at City and Islington College.

See Sue Palmer's essay on EAT London on our Features page.

photo: Tim Mitchell

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EAT LONDON
Eat London

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The Theft of Sita
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2001
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The Theft of Sita is a re-telling of the Sanskrit Ramayana, the tale of how Lord Rama's beautiful bride Sita is stolen by the wicked demon Rawanna. The story is told from the perspective of Twalen and Merdah, the servant clowns of the Wayan Kulit, with the action transposed progressively to contemporary Indonesia.

Sita is snatched from the lush mangroves of old Bali and taken to the modern city of Lanka. Rama and his servants battle the ravages of deforestation and tourism before they reach the urban slums and their traffic and police brutality.

This Australian-Indonesian cross-cultural collaboration brings together a fusion of art-forms. The traditional arts of Indonesian Wayang Kulit shadow-puppetry and Gamelan music are fused with jazz improvisation and digital and video projections.

While it is broadly located in a mythic Indonesia, the tale it tells of the costs of environmental destruction, the sacrifice of the natural world in pursuit of power and profit could be located anywhere.

The Theft of Sita is a fable which squares up to the relentless march of globalisation with wit and imagination.

Writer and Director: Nigel Jamieson
Music composed by Paul Grabowski in association with I Wayan Gde Yudane
Indonesian puppet direction: I Made Sidia

The production tour included Riverside Studios, Oxford Playhouse, Warwick Arts Centre, Snape Maltings and the Belfast Festival.

photo: courtesy LIFT

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THEFT OF SITA
The Theft of Sita

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  London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT)
www.liftfestival.com
info@liftfestival.com
t: 020 7968 6800

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