The Manganiyar Seduction
The Dublin Theatre Festival kicked off last night with 42 Indian musicians performing a spine-tingling spectacle that brought the audience to its feet. The stage was like an Advent calendar of curtained cubicles, each one opened and lit to reveal a singer or musician as they joined in the show. Strings, percussion, reed and voice were expertly layered in this highly choreographed concert, building to a crescendo that had even the most circumspect on the edge of their seats. The Manganiyars, a community of travelling Muslim musicians, traditionally sang before the kings of Rajasthan though on Dublin Theatre Festival opening night they performed instead for an audience that included many of the honorary royals of Irish arts. Those in attendance included writer Colm Toibin, Arts Council Chair Pat Moylan, Eugene Downes of Culture Ireland and all manner of actors, producers, directors and luvvies. Kudos to Festival Director Loughlin Deegan for a risky but rewarding opening night gambit – bringing 42 Indian musicians to a Dublin stage is no small feat, but the result is a show that will lift an audience to new places and resound for some time to come. Go and be seduced. For more information, click here.