Vignettes of dance performances in 2013

A subtle eye movement expressing intensity of emotions; a set of mudras signifying moments and a string of pirouettes turning into an eddying current on the stage, the language of dance has so many ways to depict a story that the alphabet fails to capture its nuance.

Going through the highlights of dance recitals in the Capital in the year 2013, Metrolife takes a look at the classical, contemporary, and the fusion of dance forms that bedazzled Delhiites in the year gone by. 

A melange of dance forms lit up the stage on the World Dance Day as performers displayed an unmatchable variety of dance forms, ranging from Bharatanatyam to Flamenco. The City’s dance enthusiasts were spoilt for choice as the week-long celebration at the India Habitat Centre brought in a spectrum of dance forms, with artistes from India and abroad.

The scintillating classical performances that took our breath away were: The Darbari Kathak performance ‘Reminiscence’ by Manjari Chaturvedi that portrayed an emotional retrospective of a naayika in love, recreating the magic of Awadh on stage and the array of classical dance forms at the 12th edition of Ananya Dance Festival at Purana Qila. As an attempt to bridge the distance between the performer on stage and the rasikas in the audience, a two-day interactive session, Pratibimb, was also organised as a part of this annual festival to begin a dialogue between the practitioners and the audience.

Portraying the essence of contemporary dance forms, powerful and passionate performances emerged from Narendra Sharma Festival of Dance, a festival of contemporary dance solos at Shri Ram Centre for Arts and Culture and Gati Summer Dance Residency (GSDR) 2013, that presented choreographic production ‘All Warmed Up 2013’ at the British Council. 

Entwining drama with dance, theatre productions in the Capital banked on the language of dance to portray theatre like an interdisciplinary dance-theatre project ‘Unfinished’ at Max Muller Bhawan that presented a reflection of Amrita Sher-gil’s thought process; ‘Sita-Ram Pariney’ brought alive the Ramayana with Mohiniyattam as its medium and ‘Yashodara’, a dance-drama based on the poems of eminent Hindi poet Maithilisharan Gupt, retold the story of Gautam Buddha.  

Fusion of forms dominated the cityscape throughout the year as a western ballet troupe from Romania collaborated with the Odissi exponent Reela Hota for ‘Sanskrit--The Mantra Bhasha’ and the Baroque opera ‘Orfeo – Crossing the Ganges’, narrated the Greek myth of Orpheus by incorporating Indian sensibilities of classical dance and music.

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