KalpanArts presents
June 30 & July 1, 2018 Mumbai
July 7, 2018 New Delhi

June 14, 2018

SIMEON is an Indo – European dance presentation
Music by Matangi String Quartet
Performed by KalpanArts


- Presented by Hamsadhwani and ONGC
June 30 & July 1, 2018
Rangsharada Auditorium, Mumbai, 8pm

- Presented by Hamsadhwani and IGL
July 7, 2018
At Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, 7.30pm  

Tickets available on BookMyShow

SIMEON performance trailer

Concept note:
SIMEON is an ensemble work created by dancer-choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman.  This work is a tribute to the music of the Dutch contemporary composer Simeon ten Holt. Holt’s music has inspired a generation of young makersto think and make connections between music and other artistic responses. Traversing on a similar philosophy as Holt, this choreographic symphony juxtaposes Indian classical form of Bharatanatyam with music that is inherently classical Dutch in nature.

This work is a choreographic response to ethos of mankind- survival. It proposes questions and struggles of everyday living in urban landscape through subtle movements growing to big gestures woven together through music that follows the tenets of minimalism.  The dancers and musicians complement each other by challenging each other with speed and flow juxtaposed with stillness and staccato - dance and music alternate in this pattern.


About the Artists and presenter:
Hamsadhwani is a cultural not-for-profit organisation based in Chennai, India. The organisation for over two decades has strived to build an ecology around Indian classical performances and has been consistently successful at it. It is part of this vision and broader context of classical form they are bringing SIMEON to perform in India. This will be the first time they will be presenting a contemporary-classical piece under their banner.

Kalpana Raghuraman was an artist-in-residence with TheaterKorzo and is now an independent choreographer with her own company Kalpanarts Reimagined in Netherlands. She is a dancer, choreographer and anthropologist. Born and raised in the Netherlands with Indian roots, she is well versed in the traditions and the sociology of Indian dance. Kalpana knows how to distinguish herself in the rich Dutch dance field as she has developed a completely unique dance style, inspired by elements of Bharatanatyam.

Through the intimacy and identification, she breaks through the exoticism that often arises in non-western dance before a western audience. By dealing with socially relevant themes Kalpana lets her audiences experience dance in a way that it speaks to them and their world. Kalpana is the first and only choreographer in the Netherlands who is making a mark on different stages with her dance style.  This has also shaped path for non-western dance forms gain a professional status in Netherlands.

The quartet was founded in 1999, during the study of young musicians at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag and the Conservatory of Rotterdam. In 2003 Matangi completed the two year full-time education at the Dutch String Quartet Academy under management by Stefan Metz (cellist Orlando quartet). The quartet grew out to be a solid player on the chamber music stages in the Netherlands and outside of that. With their impassioned game and appealing presentation, Marie-Paula, Daniel, Karsten and Arno became figureheads of a new generation of classical musicians. They regularly participate in adventurous crossover projects.  Shortly before his passing, the Matangi Quartet contacted Simeon ten Holt. He told them that his pieces are easily edited for a quartet. The Matangi Quartet always wanted to perform the most famous piece Canto Ostinato, but they never found an occasion. Kalpana’s SIMEON, where two different worlds, that of minimal music and Indian dance come together, was a chance for them to contribute to this project. Musicians as a theatrical element is interesting and inspiring for both. Kalpana’s vision of openness and curiosity in combination with Matangi’s love for the music of Ten Holt, connects them.