Bubbling with stories

Spirited show

Bubbling with stories

The lung space of Lalbagh turned into a lively performance ground yesterday as dancers and choreographers spilled their magic with their energetic moves and steps.

‘Four Seeds’ under the mentorship of Fabien Prioville, bangaloREsident at Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, saw a diverse group of people from all over the world. Part of the Attakkalari India Biennial, the performance brought alive meaningful locations charged with history as well as undefined spaces.

Starting from one of the gates of the botanical garden, the 75-minute show ended at another gate and had visitors watching with rapt attention. The walk first led the group to a small space lined with palm trees where a short 15-minute choreography was presented by five dancers. Ably choreographed by Diya Naidu, it aroused curiosity among everyone about what lay in store next.

Soon after, the group was led to a small secluded area where two benches were used as a stage by two dancers — one male, Yashasvi, and the other female, Ramita. In an intimate and touching performance, they portrayed the memory of a lost one. The two received appreciation for their wonderful emoting in this off-stage intervention. As they performed in and around people, they seemed to have forged a deep connect with the public.

This intense portrayal then made way for a third, smaller piece. The dancer Anjali tried to find the boundaries set by a portion of a wall, discovering the impossibilities of this wall and challenging it with her physicality.

The final performance of ‘Four Seeds’ was held at the big rock in the garden. Nine dancers were merging and pulling away from the rock, blending in with the landscape and slowly working their way up to the top of the rock. Their silhouettes were emphasised by the low sun and made sharp images that seemed to blend with the landscape around.

All in all, the event seemed to have been well-received for its unique concept and dynamic representation. “The harmony between the performers and the natural settings blew me away. Silence as music was something I had never seen before,” said Shruthi Kumar, one of the visitors.

For Jean Fladberg Rose, it was an open-ended contemporary performance with different themes. “Each piece was distinct in its own way. The dancers and choreographers seemed to have put in a lot of efforts to present something class apart — a novel idea indeed.”

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