The Melbourne Ballet Company presents the premiere of Veil of Maya at the Hawthorn Arts Centre
The first part of a trilogy of performances collectively addressing concepts around 'Intention and Desire', Veil of Maya explores illusion versus reality. The veil creates an illusion which can obscure the human perception of reality - blurring what is real and what is not. In this way, it can present a distorted world clouded by shadows.
Veil of Maya explores ancient Indian philosophies of escapism and a make-believe physical world.
The performance embraces a world inspired by German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, and the doctrine of Maya from his work The World as Will and Idea. Schopenhauer wrote: "The Vedas and Puranas have no better simile than a dream for the whole knowledge of the actual world, which they call the veil of maya."
The beautifully renovated Hawthorn Arts Centre provides a stunning venue for the ballet
Accomplished principal dancers Alexander Bryce and Kristy Denovan will perform this work, under the direction of MBC's artistic director and resident choreographer, Simon Hoy.
Veil of Maya explores the concept of illusion versus reality
Hoy explains: "The Sanskrit word Maya roughly translates as 'illusion', thus the doctrine of Maya suggests the illusionary nature of the world in which we live. Such illusions give a distorted view and cast a shadow which obscures reality. They are purely a creation of the human mind which only humans can banish."
Tickets for this world first performance are $40 full, $34 concession, $29 for children aged 16 and under.
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