Sandaya: Burmese Lessons

Please note: This event has already occurred.
It is not part of the Capital Fringe Festival, but "Sandaya: Burmese Lessons" would fit right in. The multimedia, cross-cultural piece at the Atlas Performing Arts Center qualifies as more of a workshop than a full-scale staging, and in its roughed-out form, it offers many pleasures over nearly 2.5 hours, but occasional tedium, too. First the pleasures {mdash} vivid examples of Burmese music, dance, puppetry and garb. "Sandaya" has brought together artists living in the United States or who traveled here from Burma for this production. Gifted percussionist Myanmar Pyi Kyauk Sein adds rich aural atmospherics, playing a circular set of small drums called a "put waing." His energetic, tonally nuanced performance accompanies much of the action. This will remind some area theatergoers of composer/musician Tom Teasley's work with Constellation Theatre's shows. Charming marionettes operated by master puppeteer U Tun Kyi often march into the midst of the action, among them a gossipy old woman and a somber monklike figure.