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STORY OF AN ARTIST: The Vartial.
STORY OF AN ARTIST: The Vartial.

V.V.RAMANI

Attention to coordination and movement would have made Vartial a better production.

Beautiful costumes, good music, lighting, interesting choreography and maintaining the tempo are essential for dance drama, but the productions need to be backed by hard work and clarity in concept and professionalism in execution. These thoughts came to one's mind witnessing `The Vartial,' a performance by Logambal-Souprayen Cavery from French Island of reunion. The story is that of a famous artist who falls on bad times and a dancer who gives him solace in his last moments. There were some segments like the death dance with three dancers clad in black, the dance class room sequences or the quick changing tableaux under spotlights which were beautifully visualised. Also commendable were the aesthetics of the costumes which were well coordinated and had good musical support.What marred the show was the quality of dance and the lack of coordination in movements among the dancers. In a sequence where the girls danced carrying a pot (or was it a basket), their movement of bending forward, was so shoddy that it looked as if the contents would spill.There was an amateurish quality in the shadow play where the dancers ascended and descended from the platform in full light. Narada Gana Sabha, actually, has to take steps to cover the patchy side wings and the frayed edges of the white screen.


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