Preview ‘For Pina…' at Qutb Shahi Tombs today promises to be an out-of-the-ordinary spectacle
The Qutb Shahi Tombs and the Taramati-Baradari have been the venue for many fine music, dance and theatrical performances but this one is likely to be one of the best. Coming over with his fantastic team of dancers and a set of very accomplished collaborating light, sound and video designers to create a very immersive dance experience amidst the architectural splendour of the Golconda tombs is Jayachandran Palazhy. For over three decades now, Jay has evolved a repertoire of dance and related tools which facilitate a truly rooted yet modern idiom of ‘movement arts'. In this respect, he has gone much beyond the work done by the few exponents of modern dance India has produced: Uday Shankar, Ram Gopal, Chandralalekha, Astad Deboo and Daksha Seth.
After a six year stint at Kalakshetra in Chennai, learning and teaching classical dance and martial art forms, Jay's transformative moment came when he saw a performance by Merce Cunningham, the American dancer-choreographer, at the Music Academy. Off he went and joined the London Contemporary Dance School. He represented the United Kingdom at many dance festivals, and through numerous performances and collaborations with a wide gamut of artistes from around the world, established for himself a sound reputation.
Then Jay returned to India to realise his long-cherished dream of creating an Indian contemporary dance form and setting up a school for teaching it. The Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (ACMA) in Bangalore has produced a host of brilliant young dancers and teachers. Today, 18 years after he started Attakkalari, Jay is optimistic about the prospects of a newer dance culture and practice in the country.
Attakalari's latest show is a tribute to Pina Bausch, German dancer-choreographer, and one of the great figures of modern dance who passed away in June last from cancer. Pina had travelled and performed in India thrice with her troupe. Indian dancers like Chandralekha and Jay had collaborated with her. In For Pina… , Jay and his 11 co-dancers explore the central theme of Pina's work – man-woman relationships – in a contemporary context.
It will be a site-specific promenade performance, meaning, as the dancers shift their performance space utilising the architectural features, the audience too will have to follow suit, literally! An outstanding sonic environment will be provided by two Italian composers and Live Electronics specialists: Lorenzo Brusci and Luca Cnciella. A video installation designed by Chris Ziegler will form an interactive background to the dance choreography.
“We do not pick up and incorporate some mudras or movements from our traditional forms. What we do is seek out the deep, embedded information of Indian heritage in these expressions, deconstruct and reprocess it and rearticulate it. And the results are fantastic,” promises Jay for the show to be held at Qutub Shahi tombs at 7 p.m. today.
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