We were instantly attracted to the story of Raindragon, which we found in a small book of English descriptions of the plots for Japanese Noh dramas. The idea is simple - through lack of respect and neglect of the rites, the Raindragon feels he is no longer wanted and withdraws into the wilderness, leaving mother Earth bereft of water.
One devotee, sensing the cause of the draught, dances to propitiate the dragon and leaves her jewels on his altar. The dragon is moved and returns to the world, bringing the life-giving rain. It is at once an environmental allegory and also a statement that even one person can make a difference. Anjali dances solo, taking all three parts - Mother Earth, the Dancer and the Raindragon.
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