Devised and performed by: Elizabeth de Roza (Singapore), Eugenia Cano Puga (Mexico) & Itzel Rodriguez Macias (Mexico)
Production design: Tolis Papazoglou, Terence Lau, Koo Chia Meng, Lin Weidong, Alberta Wileo & Elizabeth de Roza
Music: Itzel Rodriguez Macias
A Singapore and Mexico performance collaboration.
Inspired by the character of Sita from the Hindu epic of the Ramayana, Re-inventing Sita presents facets of the experiences of women in society from Mexico to Singapore. Traditionally, Sita is seen to represent an ideal woman and ideal wife – however, there is also ambiguity, contrasts, and hidden conflicts in her story, which provide the starting point for this performance.
Presented in the atmospheric venue of Sculpture Square, the production incorporates physical action, text, music, and multimedia to present a vision that emerged through exchanges between artists from two cultures that might not be so very different after all.
Re-inventing Sita was first presented at the 2011 Cervantino Festival in Mexico. The collaborative process was initiated by Elizabeth de Roza from Singapore and Eugenia Cano Puga from Mexico, who first met in 2008 at a theatre festival in Cuba and discovered a sympathy with each other in their approach to theatre-making, inspired by the traditional performing arts of India. One had trained in kathakali, the other in the ancient martial arts of kalaripayattu.