Attakkalari’s upcoming dance production AadhaaraChakra - a Dancelogue is a performance that weaves in many different arts including movement, film, light, design, and sound.
The performance, conceived and directed by Attakkalari’s artistic director Jayachandran Palazhy, is said to be set in an imaginary world that traverses across time.
“The concept of the dance itself is complex because the director has weaved in movements from across the past, present and future, taking into account traditional and modern dance. So we created a minimalistic space to relieve the complexity of the performance. At the same time we had to ensure that the lights, the music and the video spaces matched the dance because we have to allow the dance to evolve into the space,” explains Dominic Dube, who has created the architectural spaces for the video projections.
The music for the performance has been composed by Sam Auinger and Martin Lutz from Germany, who work with a variety of urban sounds from the streets including hawkers’ cries, construction sounds, horns, and children’s cries, along with Indian classical music.
“We are trying to make something similar to music by searching for rhythms and arranging and tuning sounds like music, but what we create is something that lies somewhere between music and sound,” says Martin. “The director is playing with a clash of cultures in the performance by mixing tradition with the contemporary and the global, so we have tried playing with our music to match this performance.”
The performance will also feature filmic images by Rupert Schwarzbauer from Germany, light design by Pipon (France) along with Ken Ferudata’s digital design (Japan). The production is part of “Germany and India 2011 – 2012: Infinite Opportunities”.
AadhaaraChakra - a Dancelogue will be performed in Bangalore on November 23 at 7.30 p.m. at Ravindra Kalakshetra, J.C. Road. Tickets priced at Rs. 200, 300 & 500 are available at www.indianstage.in and at Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (22123684).