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An audio-visual feast bar none
How many times have you seen a band that satisfies the ears but does nothing for the eyes, that's seemingly unconcerned about creating even the mildest spectacle? Let us reassure you that that will never be the case with The Manganiyar Seduction. The vision of theatrical director Roysten Abel, this mass ensemble of more than 40 Muslim singers and musicians from the Rajasthani deserts serves up an astonishing audio-visual feast. Set up on the stage is a four-storey bank of small pods, each one framed by lightbulbs. More crucially, each pod is occupied by a single performer who is illuminated whenever his voice or playing joins the extended piece of music being performed. As the ensemble grows in number and the sound gathers momentum, the skin-pricking climax is heralded by an uncomplicated but deeply effective light show as all the pods glow and dazzle. An extraordinary concept, brilliantly executed. Miss at your peril.
(Biography written by Nige Tassell 2012)