The annual production from the Bangalore-based contemporary dance organization, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, on Wednesday will seek to create a sensorial narrative through a combination of body language, lighting, minimal props and music.
Titled MeiDhwani—which roughly translates to memories of the body—the production is a collaborative effort between the centre’s performers, Israeli composer and sound artist duo Patrick Sebag and Yotam Agam, and lighting artist Thomas Dotzler.
The 1-hour dance performance will combine movements from Kalaripayattu and Bharatanatyam. It will have eight dancers using metallic pots and cylindrical lamps as representations of femininity and male energy, respectively. They will perform to music set by Sebag and Agam—the score has its roots in Indian music and sounds, but will be presented with a contemporary twist. What will set the performance apart is that it will present a series of expressions rather than a lateral narrative or plot, inviting audiences to interpret the dance in their own way.
Known for his striking performances, complete with intricate usage of multimedia visuals, artistic director Jayachandran Palazhy says he is not using multimedia this time around. “Instead of using digital theatrical lights, Dotzler has instead used more simple lighting that lends a great amount of sensitivity to the action on stage,” says Palazhy, adding that the use of multimedia became the identity of his earlier productions such as Chronotopia, Purushartha and Transavatar.
With the complex theme of representing the human body’s memory of situations, especially turbulent ones, through the performance, Palazhy says the experience will be akin to that of reading poetry. “Each person takes away a different message from the show. We are not trying to say anything and outline it for the audience,” he says, explaining that the concept for the show stemmed from his thoughts on disturbing events such as acts of terrorism across the world. “The people who are affected by the acts come away with a certain memory not only in their minds but also in their bodies, and that is what this is about,” says Palazhy.
The production is set to tour Germany in October.
The MeiDhwani performance is scheduled for 7.30pm on 7 September at Ravindra Kalakshetra, Kannada Bhavan, Bangalore. Tickets,Rs 200, Rs 300 and Rs 500, are available at in.bookmyshow.com and www.indianstage.in , as well as at Attakkalari Studios and Blossom Book House outlets in the city. For details, call 22123684, 41467690 or 41483534.