Parivahitam: Perspectives in Motion
- Nita Vidyarthi, Kolkata
February 14, 2011
Premiered in New York to critical acclaim on 13th July 2010 as a part of the Global Dance Meet 2010 organised by World Dance Alliance, Americas, Kolkata's Sapphire Creations toured the major cities of India with their latest highly charged Indo-Swiss production Parivahitam, the final shows being at Swissotel to a select audience on the 11th of January 2011 and at the Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, Kolkata on the 12th respectively. Sudarshan Chakravarty a talented and versatile dancer and artistic director who spearheads Sapphire Creations, has taken the organisation from strength to strength together with co-director Paramita Saha, an exhaustively trained contemporary dancer in her own right, to make it Eastern India's only experimental dance company, striving to develop an organic, radical and alternative idiom of movement.
The presentation was conceived as a cross-journey between an ordered, disciplined and beautiful past and a chaotic, atomised and unhinged present. To make a choice of the quality of life is not always in one's control and moments of stillness (movements without music) and activity (with dynamic dances) were the theme knit into music live by Marc Rossier from Bern. He used a sound device and loop station with various loops. The present was a moment of much concern by the dancers as was the freedom of their solos, their expressions all different, being performed simultaneously by all the dancers into a well knit duet or a trio or a group. The title of the production was taken from an ancient Indian Shiroveda that describes the movement of the head in the form of a ripple, in circular motion from side to side facilitating complete vision of the surroundings from all perspectives and throughout the presentation, this head movement played an important role to emphasise the theme. The challenge of idea was trying. It was abstract based on feelings and moods on any one striking moment that had made the difference in the lives of the dancers which they then refined after filtering them a number of times, till the birth of an expressive form, a movement. Most of the solos were thus composed.
The intense interesting production initiates a thought process in the spectators by choreographic and artistic director, (also the concept) Sudarshan Chakravarty and Paramita Saha, together with choreographic collaborators Roger Sinha (Canada), Christopher Lechner (Germany) with text extracts from Sylvia Plath and light design by Chandan Sen.