Sunday, December 1, 2013

Janak Khendry Dance Company Present: John Milton's Paradise Lost December 6 to 8 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Celebrates 35th Anniversary with World Premiere
dance presentation of one of the greatest works of poetry in the English Language:
Choreographed by Janak Khendry
December 6 - 8 2013 at Fleck Dance Theatre as part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps

The Janak Khendry Dance Company (JKDC), presents the world premiere of Paradise Lost, transforming the mysteries of this great literary work by John Milton (1608-1674) into the first-ever full-length dance production.

A monumental artistic undertaking, Paradise Lost runs December 6-8 at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre as part of NextSteps celebrating both John Milton's 413th birthday (Dec. 9, 1608) and JKDC's 35th Anniversary.

Deemed one of the greatest works in the English language, Milton's epic poem is the story of the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Original music is being created by three prominent composers: Canadian contemporary composer Eric Cadesky (Glass Orchestra) and renowned classical Indian composers Ashit Desai and Alap Desai from Bombay.

Says Khendry, "We intend to illustrate the struggle between God and Satan, between good and evil, the angels and Satan's army, to represent the story of original sin - the story of Adam and Eve - and the role of human beings as pawns in this great saga between Satan and God. Such scenarios are echoed in Indian scriptures including the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. Juxtapositions of good and evil, and naivety and craftiness, as well as the act of falling from grace, are themes common both to Hinduism and Christianity. In short, audiences will witness a universal 'morality play' in our rendering of Paradise Lost."

Two world renowned Milton scholars are advising Artistic Director and Paradise Lost choreographer Janak Khendry: Mr. Philip Pullman from Oxford, England (author of Northern Lights, known as The Golden Compass in North America, adapted into a film of the same name) and Toronto's Dr. Tulsiram Sharma (whose PHD thesis from the University of London was on Milton's Paradise Lost). Drawing from a pool of distinguished Canadian dancers to play the characters of Paradise Lost, Indian classical and western modern dance styles will be blended to create a new dance vocabulary to present this great masterwork. With Allen Kaeja as SATAN, Eddie Kastrau as ADAM, Kala Vageesan as EVE, Daniel McArthur as GABRIEL, Austin Fagan as MICHAEL, Tyler Gledhill as RAPHAEL, Harikishan S. Nair as SON OF GOD, Mateo Galindo Torres as URIEL and Janak Khendry as GOD, Paradise Lost is poised to become a significant part of Canadian dance heritage.

Additionally, other noteworthy Indo-Canadian dancers assume the roles of angels and Satan's followers: Sinthuja Jeyarajah, Divya Divakaran, Rugsha Sivanandan, Meera Rajah, Keerthika Ravinthiran, Ishwaria Chandru, Harinnya Rajasekeran and Kalaisan Kalaichelvan.

Janak Khendry Dance Company presents the world premiere of Paradise Lost
Concept and Choreography by Janak Khendry
Costume Design by Janak Khendry
Sets and Lighting by Bradley Trenaman
Original Music by Eric Cadesky, Ashit Desai and Alap Desai
Performed by an ensemble of 17 including Austin Fagan, Tyler Gledhill, Allen Kaeja, Eddie Kastrau, Janak Khendry, Daniel McArthur, Harikishan S. Nair, Mateo Galindo Torres, Kala Vageesan

Friday December 6 - Sunday, December 8, 2013
Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm

part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps series at Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., Toronto
Tickets: $28-$36
Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416-973-4000 OR online at or

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