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Movements Monuments -
Approaching Concepts of Construction and Choreography
45 min, January 1998
and Visual Design: Devesh Soneji
Lights Design: M. Natesh
As a part of a series of international collaborations with
choreographers, composers and dance historians, two artists from Canada
spent four months in Chennai (Madras) working with the Arangham Dance
Hari Krishnan, a Bharatanatyam dancer trained by Kitappa Pillai,
choreographed two pieces on five dancers examining the relationship
between movement and architecture. Working with Devesh Soneji, a
Sanskrit scholar, Krishnan approached the choreography from the
springboards of classical Bharatanatyam and modern dance.
The choreography explored the interrelation between physical and kinetic
structures. Using lines, angles, circles and freeforms, the dancers
moved around and within the monuments reflecting a subconscious
“encoding” of structures in form, foundations, shapes and emotions.
Originally performed in Canada in 1996 with two dancers, Movements /
Monuments, when transferred onto five Bharatanatyam dancers in Chennai
(Madras), assumed a totally different aesthetic. The piece premiered at
the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha dance festival on 6th January, 1998 and again
at Alliance Francaise de Chennai (Madras) on 21st January, 1998.
It was the celebration of movement, pure and simple, in all its varied hues..
- The Hindu
Stark and visually very pleasant to the eye, Movements Monuments
is a perfect example of an amalgam of creative minds - of music, dance
- The Economic Times