includes all forms
August 24, 2006
Following was its description on the Latin Ballet of Virginia's website. "This will be an event as never before performed by the Latin Ballet as many of the Junior Company members and students have created amazingly original and intelligent solos, duets and group pieces. The choreographic presentations are as individual as the dancers themselves, who will be presenting various forms of dance ranging from Jazz and Hip Hop to Lyrical and Modern."
And, it fulfilled its promise. There were various themes represented - Life with its routine, An eager heroine, Two loving hearts, A heartbroken soul, and a soul yearning for a greater meaning of life; using various forms of dance.
It was uplifting to witness presentations by so many talented people. I would specifically like to speak about Aishu Sriram's piece. Aishu has completed her Bharatanatyam Arangetram in April 2006, when she was in 10th grade in International Baccalaureate program at Henrico High School, Richmond VA. She has been also learning Latin Ballet for the last 5 years, and is part of their performing company.
She had chosen a poem from poetical interpretation of the ancient Chinese scholar Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell. A piece about spiritual wisdom, and she presented it using the concept of Yin and Yang. The poem reader, Will Walker, represented Yang (sunny) with the white dress, bright light and clearly spoken words; whereas Aishu represented Yin (shady) with black dress, silhouette lighting and beautifully choreographed, almost abstract like modern dance.
The poem started
with seemingly paradoxical, unfathomable aspect of the element, that we
sometimes call 'God' in many philosophies:
it isn't bright.
Form that includes
and there is no beginning;
A complete surrender to the seeming duality continued. Acceptance of the ways of Tao like the kindness of hearts, with gentleness of butterflies carried on, and ended in horizontal Yin/Yang posture.
It was thoroughly enjoyable choreography. It reminded me of a Marathi 'abhang,' a bhajan / prayer by Saint Tukaram. It goes like: "Anuraniya tokada, Tuka aakaashaa evadha..." meaning, the one who is smaller than the smallest part of atom, is also as vast, flexible and unfathomable as the infinite sky...
selection and very creative presentation. Simple and beautiful...
Patil has been learning Bharatanatyam for last 7 years and teaching for
last 1.5 years. Mother of twins, Uday and Vibha (8yrs), she enjoys reading
and writing, teaching and learning Bharatanatyam.