Sufiana dance from Turkey, Ballet from Moscow, Flamenco from Spain and Kuchipudi from India — get a flavour of dance from around the world. Starting next week, the Capital will play host to the International Dance Festival organised by city-based dance organisation Natya Tarangini. A four-day festival, from February 15-18, it will be held at Siri Fort Auditorium. “We have some of the best dancers from abroad, it wasn’t easy to get them together, but we managed and we’re really excited,” says Kaushalya Reddy, director, Natya Tarangini. The festival features dance troupes from five countries, we take a look at them:
Contemporary dance, New York
Founded in 1954, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2 are known for their fearless and ferocious approach to contemporary dance. The founder, Paul Taylor is counted among the leading choreographers around the world. Besides extensively touring the world, in 1997, they performed all across India too. “Their performance was ballet let loose — undeniably beautiful and incredibly romantic,” wrote the Herald Sun about a previous performance.
Performance date: Feb 18 Timings: 7pm
Istanbul Dance & Rhythm Ensemble Turkey
Out of their two very famous performances, the Istanbul Dance and Rhythm Ensemble is getting ‘800 years of love’ to India. The mystic dance of whirling dervishes reflects Turkish and Ottoman Beliefs, cultures and history. The ceremony of dervishes is accompanied with musicians who play traditional instruments; ney, oud, kanun and kudüm or bendir. The music group encompasses a wide range of historical and modern Sufi music.
Performance date: Feb 17; Timings: 7pm
Natya Tarangini, India
The dancing duo Raja and Radha Reddy are one of the most sought after choreographers in the country today. They are performing Mahanatam - a tribute to the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva. Shiva is known as Nataraja, the King of dance and his dance animates the entire universe from within. The performance enhances Lord Shiva’s embodiment of male and female energies known as Ardhanareeshwara. Performance date: Feb 17 Timings: 8.30pm
Ballet Flamenco from Spain
José Porcel has been the National Ballet Dancer of Spain for 8 years. He and his company of gorgeous dancers represent the best in classic, traditional flawlessly melding contemporary styles and moves. Their performance is a powerful and colourful spectacle with strong technical skills, great musicality and original choreography. The group has performed in cities like Miami, New York, Lisbon, Chicago and Tokyo.
Performance date: Feb 16; Timings: 7pm
The Grand Moscow Classical Ballet
This ballet company came into existence in 1966. Since then, Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyov have been choreographing many fusion performances. At present, it has more than 20 ballets. One of their performances, Auctorial Ballets contributed to the popular world theatre trend, a modern interpretation of classical performances. Many theatres today, successfully stage ballets based on their choreography, librettos and stage direction. Their performance in India, is a mix of many of their previous performances. Performance date: Feb 15; Timings: 7pm