The Astad Deboo Dance Company presents
Interpreting Tagore
Feb 19, 2014 Chennai
Feb 20, 2014 Auroville

January 30, 2014

The Astad Deboo Dance Company presents INTERPRETING TAGORE choreographed by Astad Deboo.

Feb 19: Music Academy, Chennai, at 7pm
Donor passes: Rs.500, Rs.300, Rs.200
Rs.100 for students

Feb 20: Bharat Nivas, Auroville, Pondicherry, at 8pm

Astad Deboo started working with the young boys of the Salaam Baalak Trust in Delhi from 2008 and believed they were talented enough to support him on stage. They inspired, and were part of his 2009 production Breaking Boundaries. As the choreographer, Astad was so impressed with their work that he made place for eight of those male dancers in his dance company. Interpreting Tagore showcases the young men’s progress from untrained dancers to dexterous performers, and their total embrace of Deboo’s movement vocabulary.

Interpreting Tagore uses world music, movement and alternative theatre forms, like puppets and masks, as well as poetry recitation, to create the quintessential Astad Deboo experience at its multi-faceted best. The four pieces of Interpreting Tagore, each set to a different poem by Rabindranath Tagore, are partly auto-biographical and they touch upon such personal subject matter as Deboo’s initial struggle to find acceptance within the Indian dance community.

Walking tall (Akalo Cholo), Your Grace, Awakening and Surrender are the four poems that are reflections of Tagore's philosophy and spiritualism that translate into dance movements. Akalo Cholo uses masks and puppets, the Devi work has 8-foot puppets, while the third piece ‘Awakening’ is a solo performance by Deboo. Italian singer Amelia Cuni, who is also a dhrupad singer, has provided voice for the fourth piece titled ‘Surrender.’