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Ramayana: The Abduction of Sita in the News

Though the performance has passed, you can learn more about Ramayana: The Abduction of Sita (a production of the Asia-Pacific Dance Festival) from ThinkTech Hawaiʻi and Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi! Think Tech Hawaii interviewed co-directors I Made Moja, I Putu Gede Setiawan, and Annie Reynolds.

A traditional Balinese music and dance drama.  Introducing the Ramayana epic story; what is Balinese dance drama; the collaborative process with the different performers representing Japan, Indonesia, and Hawaii; what the Asia Pacific Dance Festival of the East-West Center strives to support.

The host for this episode is Crystal Kwok.  The guests for this episode are I Made Moja, I Putu Gede Setiawan and Annie Reynolds.

Additionally, Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi posted a write up of the performance which included rehearsal photos, a overview of the story, and details about the gamelan.
Ramayana performer in partial costume

Jetayu (Keiko Hayashida), a heroic Garuda bird, is fatally wounded in an attempt to save Sita and plays a significant role towards the end of the performance. | Photo via Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi