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A bloody chapter of an Indian epic, revisited.
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September 2016
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Wednesday September 28, 2016
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US Premiere
Sep 28—Oct 9, 2016

C.I.C.T. - Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Based on the Mahabharata and the play written by Jean-Claude Carrière
Adapted and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

Part of Tandem Paris-New York


Thirty years after his legendary sunset-to-sunrise production of The Mahabharata consecrated the BAM Harvey stage, director Peter Brook returns with Battlefield, a breathtaking distillation of the central story in the ancient Sanskrit poem. In the wake of an apocalyptic civil war, a remorseful King Yudishtira—his hands still bloodied from the carnage—desperately seeks some just way to rule over murderers and murdered alike. Silk scarves become rivers and shrouds; four actors are reincarnated as worms and eagles, victims and perpetrators; and a single instrumentalist (a veteran of Brook’s original production) scores the bleak peace of oblivion, giving haunting new life to this staggering Indian epic.


Music by Toshi Tsuchitori
Lighting design by Philippe Vialatte
Costume design by Oria Puppo

A C.I.C.T./Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord production
Co-produced by The Grotowski Institute, the PARCO Co. Ltd / Tokyo, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, the Young Vic Theatre / London, the Singapore Repertory Theatre, Le Théâtre de Liège, the C.I.R.T., the Attiki cultural Society / Athens and the Cercle des partenaires des Bouffes du Nord

1hr 20min
Balcony seating is only accessible by 70 stairs.  
“You may be heartened to hear that the mystery of life — so brief, so cruel and so infinitely cherishable — is explained. Well, not to you. It’s a secret that is shared on the stage. But somehow the rapt silence that follows this unheard revelation is deeply, warmly comforting.”
— The New York Times
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“Peter Brook’s return to the Mahabharata is breathtaking—a dazzling piece of theatre”
— The Guardian
“An hour of magic realism…it has a gentle power that lingers”
— The Times
“Before it reached America’s shores, it was already a sensation”
— BAM blog on The Mahabharata
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