Toshinori Hamada and Carlos Fittante wearing Baroque masks rehearse "Sunda Upasunda-NYC Brothers".
Balinese mythology provides ample material for new work. Sunda Upasunda-NYC Brothers", a new duet choreographed by Toshinori Hamada (Toshi) for BALAM Dance Theatre’s Bali Tour 2010, is inspired by the popular Hindu myth, "Sunda Upasunda" enacted in dance throughout Bali.
"Sunda-Upasunda"-The Story Synopsis
Two brothers gain tremendous powers from the gods due to their austere regimens. They become so potent that they conquer the world and even intimidate the gods. Braham, the supreme Hindu deity, cannot renege on the boons the brothers have received from him and to stop their rampage, he sends a beautiful celestial nymph to disrupt them. Each brother falls passionately in love with the nymph and when blinded by desire and jealousy, they fight each other until they kill one another.