ENcounter, a dance theater by Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda
Presented by Navarasa Dance Theater
October 29, 2011
Indian film composer Isaac Thomas Kottukapally
Saturday, October 29, 7 p.m., Slosberg Music Center
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Musicians from around the world, including Cuba, Senegal, Iran, and China, have performed at Brandeis University in the past several years. This month, for the first time, dancers from South Asia take the stage in a campus residency and concert.
Navarasa Dance Theater devises stories for the stage using classical dances of India, modern dance, martial arts and contemporary text, presented with comic timing and innovative staging. The unifying element, a Boston Globe dance critic noted last year, is the “eye for originality and a skillful use of space, sending dancers into eye-catching floor patterns.”
The second part of the show is a dance theater work about an indigenous woman’s courageous encounter with the military inspired by a story by award-winning writer Mahasweta Devi adapted to stage by Artistic director Aparna Sindhoor and S M Raju. Other pieces portray encounters with entities as varied as Bob Marley, Love, and the Divine. “What I love about this performance beyond the virtuosity and sheer beauty of the dance, is the story that each Encounter brings with it,” says MusicUnitesUS director Judith Eissenberg. “Whether you are laughing along with an immigrant’s first encounter with the Marley mystique, or feel the quiet courage of Dopdi’s indomitable spirit, the physicality of the dance embodies the narrative. As Navarasa’s dancers combine supple and sensuous motion with gravity-defying leaps, the audience can project themselves onto the stage and into the stories.”