(Three Steps to...)
Conceived, choreographed and directed by danseuse/choreographer, Anita Ratnam, "SUVVADU"
(Three Steps to...) is specially created for young audiences and offers glimpses into the pressures
that beseige young lives.
An audial and visual panorama "SUVVADU" (Three steps to...), highlights an urban sensibility, with
over 10 dancers from Arangham Dance Theatre along with Chennai's high school students, who
sensitively articulate the maladies of their times. The fast-paced production reflects once again the
contemporary approach to all of Arangham Dance Theatre's work, with its stress on technical
finesse and an astonishing versatility.
With irony and humour, "SUVVADU" (Three steps to...) captures the robotic sameness that
benumbs life in the city. The city's lament seems to be, "We live in crowded cities but we live in
isolation. We live in streets of subtle violence, largely ignored or sidelined. We live in atmospheres
of deadened, clockwork identities - same clothes, same food, same attitudes - all must match, to
matter." But the weight of conformity finally cracks. The euphoric finale reflects the joy and
optimism with which the new millennium is heralded.
The production has a Tamil script with contributions by distinguished Tamil writer Va Ve Su and
presented by noted television personality Revathy Sankkaran.
With special focus on Arangham's Art-and-Activism programme, the show has been visiting
Chennai schools since October 2000. Plans are on to present a special show for Corporation
Schools as well as visit other schools in Tamilnadu.
Concept, choreography: ANITA RATNAM
Narrator: REVATHY SANKKARAN
College Student: ADITI RAVINDRANATH
Dancers: AARTI M BODANI, L NARENDRA KUMAR, YAGNA PRABHA, THIRUCHELVAM, GUHENDRA,
MADHUSUDANAN, SUCHITRA, LATA CHANDRASEKHAR, SANGEETHA, VIDHYA PRABHA & DIVYA
School Students: On Invitation from select schools
Script developed by: VA VE SU, REVATHY SANKKARAN & ANITA RATNAM
Music: By various artistes, selected & edited by ANITA RATNAM
Costumes: C A JOY - Joy Boutique, Chennai
Technical Director: VICTOR PAULRAJ
"Third Eye": M NATESH
Puppets: JOHN DEVARAJ, 'Janothsava', Bangalore