Katha Dance Theatre and The O’Shaughnessy present the world premiere of an ambitious new production, KARNA—THE ABANDONED HERO, the first-ever African American and Asian Indian dance opera. Pairing an original score by JD Steele with award-winning Kathak choreography and direction by Rita Mustaphi, and outstanding live performances by Billy Steele, Robert Robinson, Marc Anderson and the KDT Company, Karna reworks an infamous Indian epic where tradition and modernity are at play in the conflicting relationships between a queen, her secret son, a strong-willed princess, and the god who made him a legend.
Inspired by the first text depicting Kathak dance in ancient India, Karna reinterprets old stories from the Mahabharata, a major Sanskrit epic that continues to influence contemporary Indian life. The ground-breaking collaborative project also features original movement-painting by local artist Deb Shree, along with Katha company dancers Anurag Sharma, Asha Sharma, Mukta Sathe, Monica Singh, Priya Jain, Derek Phillips, Rtusha Kulkarni, Nivedita Sahni, Apekshya Panda, Prachee Palekar, and Artistic Director Rita Mustaphi.
This project has been made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the American Composers Forum's Live Music for Dance Minnesota program (in partnership with the American Music Center, with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the St. Paul Cultural STAR program, the Nash Foundation, The McKnight Foundation and generous support from members of Katha Dance Theatre's Donors.
CONSTRUCTION ON CRETIN: There is construction on Cretin Avenue, a route most commonly used to get to The O'Shaughnessy. Please allow for extra driving time to arrive at the theater.
$10 Student Rush tickets - at door only, one ticket per valid I.D.!
Adult - $25, $20, $15
Senior - $23, $18, $13
Student - $23, $18, $13
St. Kate's Community (Faculty/Staff, Alumnae) - $23, $18, $13
St. Kate's Student - $20, $15, $10
*Prices include $2 restoration fee.