Launched in 2011, Spellbound is a hugely popular touring performance that has been created by Walk the Plank to help diverse communities celebrate the rich heritage of India's culture through an engaging production that uses a combination of shadow puppetry and beautifully choreographed Bharata Natyam traditional dance. Performed behind an illuminated giant screen, the end result is a multilayered shadow play designed to delight audiences of all ages. Narration and fiery effects add further depth - bringing this darkly romantic tale to life in a stunning new way.
From Leicester and Manchester to London and Yorkshire, Spellbound is a hugely flexible show that can be staged in a variety of locations, and scaled appropriately to incorporate additional content or wider audience participation.
The thirty minute production includes a processional entrance for the narrator, which again can be scaled to suit different locations. A key element to Spellbound is the way in which we seek to engage performers from local dance companies to help develop new skills within local communities, and leave a legacy after the performance is finished.
The intricate shapes and profiles created by Indian dance is perfectly suited to the form of shadow puppetry, allowing for representations of precise hand movement, with the light source creating dynamic and surprising shifts of scale. This playing with scale is reinforced by pyrotechnics, such as the use of fire-drawings, to create much larger representations of the story. Fireworks shooting from the stage add to the show’s vibrant experience and fits in perfectly with a Festival of Light’s theme or any special celebration.