Solo performance written performed and directed by Sean Devare
Prod. Gustavo Sampaio
"I found myself in New York City, and I found the violin among the instruments of my ancestors."
First Violin is an autobiographical poem exploring first generation assimilation and inter-generational transformation, told through the lens of the Hindu epic The Ramayana. Through rhyme, meter, prose, and original musical compositions, the piece chronicles Devare's search for, and recreation of the fabled ancestor of the violin, invented by the demon(ized) King Ravana, echoing from the island of Lanka to the underworld of the New York City subway and the lone musicians that inhabit it.
First Violin made its debut as part of the Graduate Thesis Performance Series at Sarah Lawrence College and is currently in development for its NYC premiere.