A hundred years ago Mata Hari was a theatrical dance sensation. A Lady Gaga or Madonna of her day, she rocked Europe with her fusion of Balinese music, explicit sexuality and innovative dance. The press went wild. Princes, generals and politicians courted her for her erotic sensuality. In many ways she represented the first expression of liberated female sexuality, fifty years before the feminism of the sixties. And her Indonesian roots appealed to a new interest in ethnic world music. Her stage name was the Indonesian for ‘sun’ – Eye of the Day.
A dance based musical, inspired by the rhythms of Gamelan music, EYE OF THE DAY is a musical about sexuality and war, ethnic fusion and role playing, and (like Carmen) of male jealousy and female freedom.
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