MOVEMENTS AND STILLS
The search for dance in one's body is ever alive. This is an experimental idea which is a result of challenging the physical energies to create a contemporary dance piece.
The vocabulary of Kathak dance has innumerable patterns of movements which are very lyrical, at times slow and also crisp. The structure of the dance is based on many different ‘taal’ systems. A rhythmic composition ends on the ‘sam’ or the first beat of any given taal with a still position – thereby forming of a static pose.
The entire physical format of Kathak is designed around ‘Movements and Stills’, hence the name of this production.
The classical Kathak dance is a choreographer’s delight. It has three to four Gharanas (styles), each with a different approach to their rhythmic compositions and the lyricism of the movement patterns. The choreographer, therefore, gets to work with a vast variety of the skill of each style.
Intense and in-depth training in classical Kathak dance has given the dancers at the Kadamb Centre a sense of fulfillment in their performances and an inherent feeling of joy and dignity to their lives.
This production is at a very professional level of work with highly trained and versatile dancers. It has been a pleasure to work in this production to see the Kathak dance flowing through empty space and creating a sense of divinity.