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ALI BEYOND THE RING | INDIA

January 25 @ 8:30 pm - 10:50 pm

ALI BEYOND THE RING | INDIA | MALAYALAM | 140 Min |
DIRECTOR: Joy P.P


Synopsis


Ali – beyond the ring

Powerful and immersive, Ali- beyond the ring combines spoken word, dance, boxing, Afro-American singing, original footage of Ali’s fights, animation, pyrotechnics, and 1970s black pop music. This is a semi-autobiographical exploration of identity, race, religion, and war is intentionally alienated to reflect struggles of other regions with special reference to contemporary Indian realities.

Center for contemporary art (C4CART) depicts on the stage, the legendary boxing hero Muhammad Ali. This play will focus mainly in three areas his fight against racism, his conversion to Islam and the fight against US Government over the Vietnam War. The story unfolds his raise from a normal boy to the great boxing champion and then to a model humanist. This romantic heroic plot will be set as rhythmic physical performance. The play starts with the lighting of Atlanta Olympic torch by a shivering Ali and then to his childhood challenges and the dramatic spark to learn to fight and beat the thief who took away his bicycle. Throughout the play, the music band gives the socio-political reflection during the civil right movement. Then play develops to winning Olympic medal and then throwing it to Ohio River as an outburst over racial discrimination’. His heavyweight championship fights and conversion to Islam. Ali’s fight with the United States government for the right not to participate in the Vietnam War is detailed in the climax of the play.

The play will be staged to environmental theatre design. Conceptually the form is near to theatre of cruelty. A team of musicians will be performing live throughout the play to capture Ali’s passion for Afro-American music. Rhythmic movements will provide seamless transitions for emotional continuity for the play. The musical genre of play shall be a blend of rhythm & blues and reggae. The intentional alienation in music with struggle songs originated from different parts of the world will place the highlight of the form.

 

About the Director


Joy P.P, Artistic Director, Center for Contemporary art, To practice theater to the maximum limit of artistic excellence, improving craft and thoughts on each production avoiding imitation and repetition.

  • Written 28 plays and directed 17 plays
  • Excellent creativity and knowledge of play /drama production
  • Skilled in editing scripts and explaining the necessity of changes to the scriptwriters
  • Excellent understanding of lighting and theatrical music
  • Familiar with the sound effect and how to use it for maximum impact
  • Creative costume designer

 

About the Group:


Center for Contemporary Art (C 4 CART)

Center for contemporary art is an organization of creative persons in Kochi. It includes writers filmmakers theater personalities artists actors musicians sculptors etc .it is envisaged as a space for open talks performances discussions rehearsals and screenings. Any creative persons are welcomed here to showcase his or her production to a larger audience. Its vision is to develop and produce an eclectic range of modern works and mould extra-ordinary talents through mutual exchange of ideas. In that process, it will cross art forms and transcend genres. For the past two years, we have conducted various cultural activities that includes felicitation to literary award winners, world theater day celebrations, book releases, film screenings, presentation of theatre and musical performances, discussion of books, acting and art workshops, children’s theater camps etc to name a few. Immini ballya onnu, a play written and directed by notable theater personality Unni Poonithura who is a founder member of this group is our first major theater production. It is well received by theater lovers across Kerala. Apart from short plays and one-man shows, our next major production is on the way. The center is designed to facilitate a state of the art video library which is a rarity in our state will be available to persons to watch any video content of their wish.

CAST & CREDIT :

Performers SHERIL KUMAR AS MUHAMMED ALI
RAM KUMAR AS MALCOM X
RAJU AS CASSIUS CLAY SR
JOHNSONCHERUPARAMBIL AS BOUDINEE
NASEEM BISWAS AS RAHMAN ALI
BIBIN AS CHEGUVERA
JOSHUA AS JOE MARTIN
DEEPAK AS SONY LISTEN
PRASHANTH AS ELIJA MUHAMMED
SHRAVAN AS ERIC
GRAMSHI AS CHILD ALI
KRISH AS RAFREE
NEETHU AS SONJIROI
SUJATHA AS MAMMA
AMRUTHA SHANKAR AS AREETHA
GAGAN DEV AS ROODY
ABILASH AS CORNER BOY
MIDHUN AS OLYMPIC MAYOR
Directors: Joy P.P
Script: Madan Babu
Music: Bijibal
Make up : Pattanam Rasheed
Art Design : Santhosh Karthikeyan
Seema C R
Light Design : Sreekanth Cameo
Live Song Written &Composed : JoshyPadamadan
Live Band : Joshua Tree
Production Script : ArunPavumba
SatheeshMullakkal
Joy P.P
Associate Directors : ArunPavumba
SatheeshMullakkal
Choreography : Sreejit P
AmruthaSankar
Costumes : Aliyar
Boxing Trainer : Sudheesh V B
Production Team : Sucheendran
Naseem
Nahas
Manuraj
Web : Silvester Vimal
Designs : Naseef

Details

Date:
January 25
Time:
8:30 pm - 10:50 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Palace Groud
Chembukkav, Regional Theatre Rd
Thrissur, Kerala 680020 India
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