and Feet featuring Samudra on 29th August at Arena, mac
mirror of passion for dance), the Kerala-based contemporary arts performing
institution presented their production Sound of Silence with an
almost mechanical precision on 29th August in mac's outdoor Arena.
Sound of Silence was the prime attraction of the main event 'Beats
and Feet' jointly presented with sampad and mac, which also featured
Lola Adodo, the British born Nigerian soloist, and Patel Hithwardak Mandal
Youth Group with their fusion of Bollywood and traditional Gujarati dance.
deft acrobatics, inspired by apparently the oldest form of martial arts
Kalaripayattu, to yoga and classical Bharatanatyam, the flow of forms was
fluid yet convincing and definitive.
of forms blended beautifully as one dancer balancing over another in acrobatic
style also perfected a traditional Bharatanatyam posture. Director and
dancer Madhu Gopinath with his well-toned body, exuded a lot of energy
through his vivacious creative moves of Kalaripayattu and yoga. Also, director
and dancer Vakkom Sajeev's rope trick was a novelty, balancing in the air
with only his feet holding on to the rope hanging from steel bars.
piece with a mask was proof of his theatrical background. Deepa, the only
female dancer's facial expressions, descriptive gestures both traditional
and modern, spoke loudly of classical training.
With no apparent
special effects Samudra's performance was inspirational to watch. Samudra's
attempt to innovate and blend traditionalism and modernity is commendable.
Visiting UK for their first national tour, Samudra is definitely on the
winning trail. Although not clearly stated where such fusion and experimentation
will lead to or what is their inherent purpose, it was gratifying to watch