Monday, July 1, 2013

Mara at the Ford Sept. 21

 MARA , a multi-media dance and musical theatre production featuring a cast of 35 dancers and musicians, will be presented at the John Anson Ford Ampitheatre onSaturday, September 21, 2013, at 8:00pm.

Dynamic choreography by Bharata Natyam dancer Mythili Prakash seamlessly blends with the haunting melodies of classical South Indian music, jazz, and funk by the 12-member Aditya Prakash Ensemble, to create the ethereal world of MARA, the masterMIND behind it all. The production features Visual Projection by Kate Johnson and Light Design by Eileen Cooley.

Mythili and Aditya Prakash, the brother-sister duo, have created and conceived this production from the ground up – written an original script, musical score, and created choreography, direction, costumes and multi-media projection. Inspired by the demonic character Mara, from Buddhist lore, this original production is a journey through the human mind, in a dramatic story of perception, transformation, and self-discovery.

MARA brings together the depth of Eastern Philsophy, aesthetics of Indian classical arts, and dynamism of Western Stagecraft and music in this excitingly unique project.  This is a significant step for the recognition of Indian classical arts to be featured for the first time in the main season of the 1200-seater Ford Amphitheatre, and be experienced by the diverse audiences of Los Angeles.  On a deeper level, MARA carries a message that's relevance traverses boundaries of culture, age, geography, and time.

Tickets are $30 and $20 for full-time students with ID and children 12 and under. VIP packages are $50 and include premium seating and gift bag. Tickets are available at or(323) 461-3673 (for non-visual media (323) GO 1-FORD).  Please visit for more information.

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