Richard Wagner’s name is one that most, if not all, fans of the theatre will recognise. The German composer, theatre director and conductor, who is known primarily for his operas, had created a masterpiece that followed the narrative of an all-powerful ring, some 70 years before The Lord of the Rings series of books was published.
Making its debut in Malaysia, The Ring of the Nibelung is presented by The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat and MUKA Space in celebration of their 30th and fifth anniversaries respectively. Put together by a multi-award-winning creative team and cast, the performance is directed by the widely acclaimed Beijing-based Malaysian Dr Deric Gan, who has more than 50 productions under his belt.
The Ring of the Nibelung revolves around four epic music dramas that depict the tale of a magical ring that grants the power to rule the world, and took Wagner an astounding 26 years to complete. Lasting a total of five hours, this mystical story connects magic with realism, and is definitely worth freeing up an evening for.
“Just like Tolkien’s works, Wagner’s magnificent 15-hour epic also draws from the mystical and the magical,” the event’s press release states. “Dwarves, elves, benevolent and malevolent gods and goddesses, magic is interwoven with realism. However, Dr. Gan aims to infuse a contemporary twist into it to make it relatable to the current generation.”
Pentas 1, klpac, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, KL. Oct 12 & 13, 6.30pm; Oct 14, 3pm. RM100 and RM150. Click here to purchase tickets.