Director Roysten Abel experimented boldly with the Manganiyars, desert musicians from Rajasthan, to create something startlingly new: The Manganiyar Seduction. Roysten’s concept created a dazzling union between the Manganiyars’ music and the visual seduction of Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Arranged in four horizontal rows, one on top of the other, 43 musicians are seated in 36 re-curtained cubicles. This seduction of the spirit begins quietly with a solitary desert fiddle, but builds to an ecstatic eruption of sound, light, and color, as the Manganiyar community takes audiences into and beyond their world. “The effect is like that of a gospel Mass or a slow-building rave; a joyous, communal experience of the seductive power of music.” (Irish Independent)
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