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 Troupe.
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
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.
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.