For the first time, the Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) will be presenting three of its best works, created by award-winning choreographers, in Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai. Luxuria by Liv Lorent, Drift by James Wilton and DOG by Hofesh Shechter are regarded as SDT signature pieces, and they highlight the vast range of skills of SDT dancers.
Luxuria is both witty and tender, exploring desire and our search for fulfilment. Lorent says, “I wanted to create a work of dance that had a compassion for our human desire of achieving states of sublime oblivion through connections with others.”
Shechter is recognized as one of the most exciting contemporary artistes in the UK. Speaking about his style of choreography, he says, “In DOG, and in general in my work, every aspect and element in my life has a part in defining it.” DOG is a raw yet sophisticated piece with movement ranging from groups performing with carnival flair to moments of intimacy and tenderness between two dancers.
Wilton began his career whilst a student at the London Contemporary Dance School. Through Drift, Wilton explores loneliness and closeness, absolute commitment and high-risk trust. “When I reworked Drift for the company, I had only just graduated from professional training and so it was a great learning experience for me. There is a lovely energy and sense of community within the company, and I think that is what makes them such an exciting company to work with and also to watch,” he notes.
SDT’s working style generally involves bringing in emerging choreographers from around the world to work with their dancers. “We are offering an exquisite smorgasbord of works in one packed programme—full of emotion, prowess and adrenalin, in mixed portions,” says James MacGillivray, acting artistic director of SDT, about the selection of pieces for the tour.
He adds that they are looking at these performances as an opportunity to interact and have artistic exchanges with Indian dancers.
After the performances, the SDT will hold workshops in each of the four cities.
The running order for the performances will be Luxuria (33 minutes), followed by an interval and then Drift (11 minutes), and a pause, followed by DOG (31 minutes).
7.30pm, 21 October, Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Chennai; 7.30pm, 25 October, Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore; 7.30pm, 30 October, Kamani Auditorium, Delhi; 7pm, 2 November, Kala Mandir, Kolkata. Tickets for Chennai and Bangalore, Rs.100, Rs.200 and Rs.300, available on www.bookmyshow.com The Delhi performance is open entry, and in Kolkata, invitations may be picked up from the British Council.
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