The quadruple bill explores several aspects of the traditional form of Bharatanatyam and move them into a contemporary context while shifting perspectives on approach to space, dynamics and emotive flow. The show retains the original context and vocabulary of the form, while pushing boundaries.
Bharatanatyam, has two aspects to the form. The physical movement of the body as well as a stylised theatrical story telling emotive element. The two elements often exist side by side without having anything to do with one another. The pieces in the evening’s performance will attempt to bring physicality to the otherwise purely emotive, theatrical aspects and bring raw emotion into the movements themselves. The physical vocabulary that otherwise often serves as ornamentation interspersed with theatrical expression will then become a part of the emotive narrative.
In Bharatanatyam, the physicality is developed by the creation of a series of angular shapes within space. The movement quality that is dominant is the idea of cutting through space in linear direct motion while creating these shapes within the body. The idea of momentum and movement that arises through the shifting of weight are less explored. The ancient movement system in India, with its roots in the Natyashastra, an ancient text of dramaturgy was far more curvilinear and lent itself more to the idea of playing with body weight and momentum.