Demonstration at BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN, London
November 7 and 8, 2009 London
EXPLORING THE SACRED
Anita Ratnam shared her journey through ritual, sound and gesture
A Neo Bharatam dance workshop session
BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN, 4a Castletown Road, West Kensington, London W14 9HE
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It was indeed an enriching experience for all,
no matter at which level you are. Everybody takes in different aspects
according to their capacity and experience.
It was nice to know about your choreographic process and how it leads
to the final piece.
The improvisation on the first day certainly gave students a sense of
creation and I think such workshops help in retaining their interest
and also achieve higher level excellence. I understand two sessions is
a very short span but well enough to instigate the thought process.
- Juee Deogaokar, student at City University, London
As a participant in the two day workshop conducted by Anita
Ratnam at the Bhavans centre, London, I would like to share an
experience that was truly memorable. We were all asked to
improvise four short movements with the image of the devi symbolised by
the image of an arrow, having the attributes sharp, fast strong and
focused. Each dancer in the room, regardless of age and seniority came
up with interpretative movement drawing from their dance vocabularies.
We were then asked to perform these in various permutations and
combinations, in pairs and trios, varying speed and direction,
improvising as we went along. Soon the whole room was full of dancers of
absolutely diverse backgrounds and experience all seeking to embody the
devi. Immersed in this creative pool and surrendering to as well as
drawing from the collective energy of dancers who had been no more than
strangers minutes ago reinforced in me the idea of dance being such a
powerful medium that within minutes transforms a space and individuals
within that space, a medium that not only liberates but unites. This was
just one of the many similar exercises that followed over two days. I
believe that it is workshops like these that sow the seed of
questioning one's choreographic process and challenging one's own zones
of comfort to rediscover a movement, either within or outside the
parameters of an inherited dance vocabulary. I would like to thank Anita
Ratnam for an enriching and wonderful experience.
- Sanjukta Wagh