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Attakalari premieres its production tomorrow

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FLIGHTS OF FANCY:The performance is set in an imagined land, and oscillates between the past and present.
FLIGHTS OF FANCY:The performance is set in an imagined land, and oscillates between the past and present.

The Attakalari Centre for Movement Arts premieres its ‘AadhaaraChakra: A Dancelogue, A Journey across Intangible Spaces’ here on Friday.

The Bangalore preview of this multimedia dance production — a curtain raiser to the Attakalari India Biennial 2013 — will be followed by a grand site-specific performance at the Purana Quila in New Delhi on December 1.

The performance, a press release said, is set in an imagined land and oscillates between the past and present, inviting the audience to partake of it in a ritualised experience. In a complex and often fragmented narrative, the dancers embody characters from diverse Indian locales and period, and celluloid images accompany the sometimes surreal visual journey.

The backdrop

A small village provides the backdrop for jasmine vendors, vegetable sellers, bangle shops and tricycles, and the production brings alive the essence of domestic life in a traditional Chettinad house, the sacred rituals in a southern Shiva temple and the flavours and fragrances of a spice market. The production has been conceived and directed by Jayachandran Palazhy, Attakalari’s artistic director, and choreographed by him and the dancers.

It has been supported by Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Japan Foundation, Union Ministry of Culture, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Archaeological Survey of India, among others.

The 70-minute performance will be staged at the Ravindra Kalakshetra on J.C. Road at 7.30 p.m. Details can be had from 22123684/ 41467690/ 41483534.

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