Look into yourself, And you'll see the reflection of the world. Look into the people near you And
you'll see the reflection of yourself.
Based on Indian mythology, German poetry and life itself, Anita Ratnam and Alexandra
Romanova developed an evening-length work which toured Germany in June, 1997. Pratirupa:
The Mirror Image, was a sequence of ten dances, each focusing on an individual woman.
Are India and Europe really different? The two dancers present the common factors in the
image of the "Divine Mother" in her idealised form and as she manifests herself in daily life.
The Indian "Shakti" (the creative energy and life-giving primordial power) finds a parallel in
the European "Pieta" (mother of God) with her unconditional love, her willingness to sacrifice
and bear suffering.
Driven by the common concerns of women in society, Ratnam and Romanova evolved
Pratirupa over six weeks of discussion, research and workshops. An invaluable asset to this
Indo-German production was the musical score composed by percussionist Selva Ganesh and
guitarist Rikhi Ray. Using his knowledge of Hindustani music, Ray created special musical
elaborations based on the Indian system of ‘alaap' which floated through Romanova's dancing
grounded in ballet and Bharatanatyam..
Powerful, disturbing images as woman and woman faced off against one another -
flirting, fighting and testing the boundaries of the other's psyche.
- Der Tagerspiegel, Berlin