Curtain Raiser to the Attakkalari India Biennial 2013
Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts / new dehli (IN)
AadhaaraChakra – A Dancelogue is a hybrid ‘performance event’, weaving in multiple disciplines – movement, film, light, plastic arts, multimedia design and sound. Set in an imagined land and oscillating between the past and present, the work invites the audience to partake in a ritualized experience. In a complex and often fragmented narrative, the dancers embody characters from diverse Indian locales and periods. Celluloid images accompany the sometimes surreal visual journey.
A small village provides the backdrop for jasmine vendors, vegetable sellers, bangle shops and tricycles – the myriad sounds and rainbow hues invoking an ever present past. The narrow alleyways of old Delhi mesh into the expansive solitude of Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minar. Calls from vendors, loud music from temples and mosques, and cricket commentaries blend into an urban Indian cacophony. The production brings alive the essence of domestic life in a traditional Chettinad house, the sacred rituals in a Shiva temple, and the flavours and fragrances of a spice market.
Conceived and directed by Jayachandran Palazhy, Attakkalari’s Artistic Director and choreographed by him and the dancers, ‘AadhaaraChakra – a Dancelogue’ is performed by Attakkalari’s renowned Repertory Company. Music composers Sam Auinger and Martin Lutz modulate classical Indian music, hawkers’ cries, and popular cinematic strains using urban imagination to create an evocative soundscape. Filmic images shot by Rupert Schwarzbauer morph versatile architectural spaces designed by Dominic Dube. The light design by Pipon provides surprise elements which interact with Ken Furudate’s digital design
in colaboration with: martin lutz
in cooperation with: Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan
organized by: Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts