Chaali…taking dance to its audience
For the few that braved the rain, thunder and
lightning, there was a treat in store at the Sri Aurobindo Auditorum on
Friday night, December '02. 'Chaali, Round II' was performed by Samudra
and Bhoorang. Here is a brief by Anu on their performance, and some photos
from Adil clicked with the "no flash, okay?!" by the organisers.
'From 'walk' to 'dance'
'Chaali' signifies the first basic 'walk' exercises
in the traditional Mayurbhani Chhau dance from Orissa that takes a dancer
from one point in space to another. 'Chaali' became the core idea behind
the endeavor of extending the space of dancers through travel on highways.
Performances are mounted in varied spaces such as well-equipped theatres,
open-air spaces, black boxes, and makeshift stages. The light and sound
equipment is carried along in van.
Two new productions
On the road in India for this 'Round II', the group of
fifteen nationally and internationally acclaimed dancers performed in
Auroville, on Friday the 6th December. Their performance contained two
new productions that are specially choreographed for the tou
*Samudra - 6 members from Thiruvananthapuram performed
'Jalam', based on the theme of water. The group was led by dancers and
choreographers Madhu Gopinath and Vakkom Sajeev and has evolved a distinct
movement language that blends techniques like Kalaripayattu, Bharatanatyam,
Hatha Yoga, Malkhamb and Kathak to narrate stories.
*Bhoorang - 5 members from Bangalore performed
'Jataknama', a choreography response to readings of Jataka Tales, a Buddhist
expression on wisdom and vagaries of life. Choreographer Bharat Sharma
and dancer Tripura Kashiap led the group. The dance company has evolved
an unusual style that has a free base but attempts to infuse traditional
imagery in shaping movement narratives.
We all enjoyed a very beautiful evening
where everyone was welcome.