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Ramayana Dance

September 13, 2001
With a name to match its gigantic size, "Chas' Stainless Steel, Mark Thompson's Airplane Parts, About 1000 Pounds of Stainless Steel Wire and Gagosian's Beverly Hills Space" is sculptor Nancy Rubins' latest creation, at the Gagosian Gallery. The massive, treelike structure, made of used airplane parts, sprouts from the gallery floor and branches out above viewers' heads.* "Chas' Stainless Steel," Gagosian Gallery, 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
May 24, 1998 | Lewis Segal, Lewis Segal is The Times' dance critic
In a world enriched by countless epic myths, "Ramayana" crosses the boundaries of time, distance, language and religion with amazing alacrity. In Hollywood parlance, it's got legs--seven-league legs, in fact. You can find this Asian equivalent of "The Iliad"--with its titanic battles, supernatural heroes and noble lovers--engraved in stone and painted in rich murals at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Puppet performances and native opera retell it in song throughout Indonesia.
April 6, 1986 | LEWIS SEGAL
In a city where enormous effigies of characters from ancient dance-drama guard the glittering Royal Palace, traditional dance is easily accessible to any visitor. Even a few hours spent cruising the outlying Bangkok canals on a rice barge will probably include a dockside display of children's dancing, and most of the day tours that visit the Bridge on the River Kwae or the Floating Market at Damnoen Saduak wind up with a sampler program at the Rose Garden about 20 miles south of the city.
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