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SPIRALS, a convergence of dance, music and theatre
featuring Anita Ratnam with Anil Srinivasan and Sikkil Gurucharan (2014)
Anita Ratnam's perennial fascination with mythology and the power of metaphor course through the presentation. Mythology of the Sacred Feminine and Her consort are re-imagined and re-created through her Neo Bharatam aesthetic.
The use of props to convey and deepen the theatrical experience follows Ratnam's 25 year journey in new ways to retelling the old stories for contemporary audiences.
The overarching imagery is water... its depth, density and dramatic possibilities...
Water. from which the lotus blooms and the milky ocean atop which the LORD VISHNU floats in a dreamy reverie.
The music combines Western minimalism with the Indian/Carnatic raga motifs.
Concept, Choreography and Dance: ANITA RATNAM
Music design and composition: ANIL SRINIVASAN
Voice: SIKKIL GURUCHARAN
Direction: HARI KRISHNAN
Costumes: REX and SANDHYA RAMAN