Three years in the making the Epic is a multi-pronged media project whose participants include a troupe of talented young Balinese dancers aged 6 to 10, senoir Balinese dance master Ida Bagus Oka Wirjana, and the award winning composer David Shea and costume maker Rien Bekkers. The concept, direc- tion and execution belongs to multi media artist/filmmaker Alex Vermeulen.
The final form of the Epic consists of thirty-two monumental photographs, which will be used in a number of formats including an inter-active WebBook with a musical score and a major photographic exhibition and event. A docu- mentary film, ‘The Epic behind the Scenes’ has also been completed by Dutch filmmaker Peter Mariouw Smit.
Loosely based on Valmiki’s Ramayana and Shakespeare’s Othello, the Epic take place in 2088 in the future megapolis Raksasa Kota. As in the original sto- ries, the cast and visuals of the Epic are populated by animals, humans, gods and demons. Human emotions both good and bad – love, hate, sacrifice, jeal- ousy, nobility, betrayal, murder and hope – twist in turn in bewildering, sensual and suspenseful plot.
The exhibition will combine 32 monumental photos (220 by 120 cm) together with the actual sculptural costumes worn by the actors. As in the photos dra- matic lighting is key to creating a breathtaking experience. So, too, sound and other events will ensure that all the senses will be touched by the whole.
This book is designed as a landscape in which the reader is free to explore multiple options and sequences. For the more literally oriented there are accompanying texts, music and voice overs.