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Choreography: Janak Khendry
Music: Eric Cadesky, Ashit Desai, Alap Desai
Lighting: Bradley Trenaman
Photography: David Hou
Research Advisers: Dr. Tulsiram Sharma, Mr. Philip Pullman

Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 
Toronto ON Canada
December 6 to 8, 2013

"The recent world premiere of Janak Khendry's Paradise Lost was an eclectic and impressive spectacle combining Indian classical and modern Western dance styles with the iconic narrative regarding Adam and Eve's struggle with good and evil in the Garden of Eden. By following John Milton's literary masterpiece to the letter, with help from various Milton scholars, Khendry has created a faithful narrative rendition, in dance, of the original text."

(Bateman Reviews)

"And the result is nothing short of staggering in both scope and delivery. From the opening scene ("Descent of Satan and his Followers into Hell"), featuring Satan standing over writhing bodies twisting and arching on a fiery lake, to the luminescent end that's tinged with sorrow as Adam and Eve make their final exit, Khendry's production transcended the limitations of dance."

Christina Strynatka (Toronto Performing Arts Examiner)

"We applaud Khendry for successfully creating a fusion take on the biblical tale, transforming a difficult piece into a compelling, contemporary production."

(Anokhi Media)

"To say that bharatanatyam guru Janak Khendry is an ambitious choreographer is an understatement. In his latest work, the Indian born Khendry has undertaken to translate John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost into dance."

Paula Citron (Globe and Mail-Toronto)

"There is something quite extraordinary happening at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre. The Janak Khendry Dance Company’s production of John Milton’s Paradise Lost is masterfully executed and utterly captivating. I have never read Milton’s epic classic, so I was amazed at how firmly this show held me in its grip."

Istvan Dugalin (Mooney on Theatre)

 

DESCENT OF SATAN AND HIS FOLLOWERS INTO HELL

The scene opens on a burning lake, with Satan and his followers beside him. Satan assembles his fallen legions on the shore, where he revives their spirits by his speech. They set off to a palace, called Pandemonium. There the high ranking angels assemble in council. A proposal is brought forth where the devils may seek to enact their revenge.

 

 
 
 
 
Divya Divakaran, Rugsha Sivanandan, Allen Kaeja, Harinnya Rajasekeran and Kalaisan Kalaichelvan
 


 

Meera Rajah, Ishwaria Chandru, Rugsha Sivanandan, Allen Kaeja as Satan, Divya Divakaran, Keerthika Ravinthiran, Kalaisan Kalaichelvan

 

SATAN AND THE NINE GATES OF HELL

 

Satan alone undertakes the voyage to find God’s new world. He encounters Sin and Death, his offspring, guarding hell’s gates.

Sin unlocks the gate, and Satan embarks on his passage across the great gulf of chaos between heaven and hell.

                                            Allen Kaeja as Satan
 

From L to R: Ishwaria Chandru as Satan's Daughter, Kalaisan Kalaichelvan as Satan's Son and Allen Kaeja as Satan


GOD, SON AND ANGELS IN HEAVEN

God sees the past present and future all at once. Who will sacrifice themselves to find Satan? The Son says: I will.

From L to R:
Austin Fagan as Michael, Mateo Galindo Torres as Uriel, Harikishan S. Nair as Son, Janak Khendry as God, Daniel McArthur as Gabriel

From L to R: Mateo Galindo Torres as Uriel, Austin Fagan as Michael, Janak Khendry as God, and Harikishan S. Nair as Son

                                                            Janak Khendry as God

From L to R:
Austin Fagan as Michael, Daniel McArthur, Harikishan S. Nair as Son, Janak Khendry as God,
Tyler Gledhill as Raphael, and Mateo Galindo Torres as Uriel

From L to R:
Mateo Galindo Torres as Uriel, Austin Fagan as Michael, Harikishan S. Nair as Son, Janak Khendry as God, and Tyler Gledhill as Raphael
 
From L to R: Mateo Galindo Torres as Uriel, Austin Fagan as Michael, Harikishan S. Nair as Son, and Janak Khendry as God
 


 

MEETING OF SATAN AND URIEL

Satan flies down to the sun, upon which an angel, Uriel, stands guard. Diguised as a cherub, Satan pretends he has come to praise God’s new creation, and thereby tricks the angel into showing him the way to man’s home.

 


From L to R: Mateo Galindo Torres as Uriel, Allen Kaeja as Satan

From L to R: Mateo Galindo Torres as Uriel, Allen Kaeja as Satan
 

 

 

 

     From Top to Bottom: Mateo Galindo Torres as Uriel, Allen Kaeja as Satan

 

SATAN COMES TO PARADISE

Satan Flies to Paradise to proceed on his evil errand.

 

Allen Kaeja as Satan                                                   

 

ADAM AND EVE IN PARADISE, SATAN OBSERVES FROM A DISTANCE

In Paradise, Adam and Ever frolic.  Satan wonders at the Garden's beauty, and soon comes upon Adam and Eve, who excite great envy in him at their happy state and thereby plots to cause them harm.

 

Kala Vageesan as Eve and Eddie Kastrau as Adam

Eddie Kastrau as Adam and Kala Vageesan as Eve


Eddie Kastrau as Adam and Kala Vageesan as Eve

                               

                                                              Allen Kaeja as Satan, with great envy for the happy couple

 

HUNT FOR SATAN BY GABRIEL AND URIEL

Uriel, becoming suspicious, comes to warn Gabriel who is guarding the gate of Paradise.
That evening, they hunt for Satan but are eluded.

 

From L to R: Daniel McArthur as Gabriel, Allen Kaeja as Satan, and Mateo Galindo Torres as Uriel

From L to R: Daniel McArthur as Gabriel, Allen Kaeja as Satan, and Mateo Galindo Torres as Uriel

 

ADAM AND EVE PLAYFUL IN THE GARDEN


The two lovers are playing in the garden, unaware they are being watched again by Satan, and when night falls, they snuggle and fall into a loving sleep.

Kala Vageesan as Eve and Eddie Kastrau as Adam

 

SATAN WHISPERS IN EVE’S EAR

Satan whispers in the ear of Eve as she sleeps next to her husband.

 

Eddie Kastrau as Adam, Kala Vageesan as Eve and Allen Kaeja as Satan

 

EVE TELLS ADAM ABOUT THE BAD DREAM

Next morning, Eve relates to Adam the troublesome dream, and is comforted by him.

 

Eddie Kastrau as Adam and Kala Vageesan as Eve

 

RAPHAEL COMES TO WARN ADAM ABOUT SATAN


The angel Raphael comes to visit the couple to warn Adam of their enemy. The angel arrives, warns Adam abut
Satan. Eve returns with food, whereby Raphael dines with them, then relates to them the history of Satan’s fall.

 

         

Tyler Gledhill as Raphael

Kala Vageesan as Eve, Eddie Kastrau as Adam, and Tyler as Raphael

Eddie Kastrau as Adam and Tyler Gledhill as Raphael

 

GOD PRESENTS SON IN HEAVEN, SATAN WILL NOT BOW


God presents his Son where a jealous Satan rebels and incites all those in his charge to rebel against God.

 

Standing L to R: Allen Kaeja as Lucifer, Harikishan S. Nair as Son, and Janak Khendry as God

 

BATTLE OF ANGELS AGAINST SATAN AND FOLLOWERS – DAY 1- MICHAEL INJURES SATAN

Michael is sent to lead the faithful angels into battle against Satan and his army. Satan is wounded by Michael
and in disarray, Satan and his powers retreat.

 

From L to R: Austin Fagan as Michael, Allen Kaeja as Lucifer and Mateo Galindo

Mateo Galindo Torres as Uriel, Allen Kaeja as Lucifer and Austin Fagan as Michael

From L to R Downstage: Allen Kaeja as Lucifer, Rugsha Sivanandan, Mateo Galindo Torres and Meera Rajah

Harinnya Rajasekeran, Allen Kaeja as Lucifer, Austin Fagan as Michael, Ishwaria Chandru and Kalaisan Kalaichelvan

 

HAPPY ANGELS DANCE


Then angels celebrate their first victory over Satan and his followers.

 

Mateo Galindo Torres as Uriel, Austin Fagan as Michael and Daniel McArthur as Gabriel

 

BATTLE OF ANGELS AGAINST SATAN AND FOLLOWERS – DAY 2

The war continues into the next day, when God sends his Son, to end the war. Riding forth in his flaming chariot, the Son drives the rebels out of heaven and down into hell, as the Son celebrates trumphantly.

 

Rugsha Sivanandan, Kalaisan Kalaichelvan, Sinthuja Jeyarajah, Divya Divakaran, Harinnya Rajasekeran,
Harikishan S. Nair as Son and Allen Kaeja as Lucifer

From L to R: Meera Rajah, Ishwaria Chandru, Keerthika Ravinthiran, Rugsha Sivanandan, Kalaisan Kalaichelvan,
Divya Divakaran, Sinthuja Jeyarajah, Harinnya Rajasekeran, Allen Kaeja as Satan and Harikishan S. Nair as Son

 

THE ANGELS DRIVE SATAN AND THE REBELS OUT OF HEAVEN AND DOWN INTO HELL

 

 

THE SON AND ANGELS CELEBRATE TRIUMPHANTLY

 

Harikishan S. Nair as Son, foreground with Angels: Daniel McArthur and Tyler Gledhill, background

 

ACT II

IN PARADISE, ADAM AND EVE FROLIC, EVE WORKS ALONE

Satan returns to earth, where he chooses the serpent as his best disguise. Next morning, when Adam and Eve go forth to their gardening tasks, Eve suggests they go in separate directions. With great reservation, Adam finally consents.

 

Kala Vageesan as Eve and Eddie Kastrau as Adam

Eddie Kastrau as Adam and Kala Vageesan as Eve


SATAN AS SNAKE AND EVE


The serpent finds Eve alone and approaches her. She is surprised to find the creature can speak.

Kala Vageesan as Eve and Allen Kaeja as Satan

 

EVE EATS THE FRUIT AND EARTH IS SHAKEN

Eve is soon induced by Satan to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree, and the earth shakes in response.

                     Allen Kaeja as Satan and Kala Vageesan as Eve                                                                                                        Kala Vageesan as Eve
From L to R: Keerthika Ravinthiran, Meera Rajah, Rugsha Sivanandan, Ishwaria Chandru

 

EVE SAVES THE FRUIT FOR ADAM

Adam is horrified when he finds what she has done, but at length resigns himself to share her fate rather than be left without her, and eats the fruit also. The earth is again shaken in response.

 

Eddie Kastrau as Adam and Kala Vageesan as Eve

Meera Rajah and Keerthika Ravinthiran

 

ADAM AND EVE FEEL THE REPERCUSSIONS OF EATING THE FRUIT


After eating, they are aroused with lust become awareness of their nakedness and shame, and cover themselves with leaves. In their emotional distress, they fall into mutual accusations and blame.

Kala Vageesan as Eve and Eddie Kastrau as Adam

 

SON COMES TO ADAM AND EVE


The Son of God descends to earth to judge the sinners. He tells them Eve will have great pain in childbirth, Adam will have drought and famine upon his crops, they are told they will now be mortals and death awaits them. Then, in pity, he clothes them both.

 

Eddie Kastrau as Adam, Kala Vageesan as Eve and Harikishan S. Nair as the Son of God

 

ANGELS RETURN TO HEAVEN


Angels return to heaven and celebrate their God and his Son.

 

In Air L to R: Daniel McArthur and Tyler Gledhill; On Ground in Blue: Mateo Galindo Torres; Red: Austin Fagan;
Seated Behind L to R: Harikishan S. Nair and Janak Khendry

L to R: Mateo Galindo Torres, Tyler Gledhill, Harikishan S. Nair, Janak Khendry, Daniel McArthur and Austin Fagan

 

OUTCOME OF EATING THE FRUIT – DISOBEDIENCE


Sin, Death and Violence enact a scene of humankind’s impending demise. They set out to build a highway over chaos to make future passage to earth easier.

Sinthuja Jeyarajah as Sin, Harinnya Rajasekeran as Violence and Divya Divakaran as Death


                                               Divya Divakaran as Death                                                                                                          Harinnya Rajasekeran as Violence

Sinthuja Jeyarajah as Sin

MICHAEL LEADS ADAM AND EVE OUT OF PARADISE


The angel Michael descends to Paradise with news of their expulsion, Michael leads them up a high hill, where he sets before him in visions, what shall happen to mankind up to the great flood. The scene finishes with Michael escorting Adam and Eve out of Paradise.

 

From L to R: Austin Fagan as Michael, Eddie Kastrau as Adam and Kala Vageesan as Eve

Eddie Kastrau as Adam and Kala Vageesan as Eve

MICHAEL LEADS ADAM AND EVE OUT OF PARADISE VIDEO CLIP

(Click on image below to play)

Harikishan S. Nair as Michael, Eddie Kastrau as Adam and Kala Vageesan as Eve
Mateo Galindo Torres, Daniel McArthur, Divya Divakaran, Harinnya Rajasekeran, Sinthuja Jeyarajah, Kalaisan Kalaichelvan, Allen Kaeja, Eddie Kastrau, Janak Khendry, Kala Vageesan, Harikishan S. Nair, Meera Rajah, Ishwaria Chandru, Rugsha Sivanandan, Keerthika Ravinthiran, Tyler Gledhill, Austin Fagan

 

Creators of PARADISE LOST

 

 

 

Choreography: Janak Khendry

Research Advisor: Dr. Tulsiram Sharma and Mr. Philip Pullman
Music Composers:
Eric Cadesky, Ashit Desai, Alap Desai
Lighting:
Bradley Trenaman
Projection Design and Associate Lighting Design:
Michael Kangas
Computer and Graphic Design:
Eddie Kastrau
Publicity:
Dianne Weinrib -DW Communications
Photo Credits:
David Hou
Videography: David Hou, Jim Fisher

Artists of PARADISE LOST
Satan: Allen Kaeja**
Adam: Eddie Kastrau
Eve: Kala Vageesan
God: Janak Khendry
Son: Harikishan S. Nair
Michael: Austin Fagan
Rafael: Tyler Gledhill
Uriel: Mateo Galindo Torres
Gabriel: Daniel McArthur
Satan’s Son: Kalaisan Kalaichelvan
Satan’s Daughter: Ishwaria Chandru
Sin: Sinthuja Jeyarajah
Death: Divya Divakaran
Violence: Harinnya Rajasekeran


Satan’s Followers:
Ishwaria Chandru, Divya Divakaran, Sinthuja Jeyarajah,
Kalaisan Kalaichelvan,Meera Rajah, Harinnya Rajasekeran,
Keerthika Ravinthiran, Rugsha Sivanandan


**Satan’s Role Created with Allen Kaeja

 

Corporate Sponsors
Scotiabank-Canada
The Sayal Charitable Foundation
CSI Consulting
Pricewaterhouse Cooper
Kunja Sharma and Associates

Private Donors
Mr. Irfahan Rawji; Drs. Arun and Dr. Senator Asha Seth
Dr. and Mrs. Naren Wagle; Mr. and Mrs. Ajit Jain;
Dr. and Mrs.Arthur Rubinoff, Mr. and Mrs, K. S. Senathirajah;
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Smith,
Mr. and Mrs. Rakesh Goenka; Mr.and Mrs. Kunjar Sharma;
Mr. and Mrs. Utpal Mitra;, Mr. and Mrs. Ajit Someshwar;
Mr. and Mrs. Raj Kothari; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sayal;
Dr. and Mrs. Trilochan Papneja; Mr. Hyder Syed,
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gladstone

 

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My Bindi
Desi News
sandhira.com (South Asian Community Portal)
Update (South Asian Weekly)
Art & Culture Maven
Live With Culture
Newseastwest India
BWWDanceWorld
South Asian Focus
Urdu Khabarnama
South Asian Observer
Oye Times
Canadian Immigrant
The Dance Current
Toronto Star
Quill and Quire
The Times Kuwait
The Hindu

Thanks
Mrs. Niranjana Chandru, Director of Kalaimanram of Canada has my gratitude for sharing her dancers
Special Thanks to Christie Lighting

 

 

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