Scottish dancing beyond that skirt

  • Rhema Mukti Baxter, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2014 16:30 IST

Tonight, Delhi will be treated to a compelling triple bill: Forces of Nature by Scottish Dance Theatre.

The performances, which will feature work from three dynamic and talented choreographers from around the world, include, In This Storm by Henri Oguike, Revelator by Ruth Janssen and Winter, Again by Jo Stromgren.

All three choreographers will be highlighting a range of different approaches to dance, offering audiences total immersion in the experience of live dance and an entertaining programme of the highest quality.

Radical Norwegian choreographer Stromgren mixes beautifully poised dance with all means necessary to tell the story of a community struggling to hide their dark misdemeanours under winter's snowy blanket.

Punctuated with the devastatingly fragile songs of Schubert's Eine Winterreise, the dancers take us on a journey through the cycle of the coldest, darkest season. A renowned choreographer, director and playwright, Stromgren's work is sculpted by an attitude to dance that is wild and rigorous.

Scenes from the acts Winter, Again

Celebrated choreographer Janssen's powerfully intimate duet reveals the frailties and the absurdity of humans as they pursue enduring relationships through the seasons of life. Drawing on her extensive career as a dancer, Janssen presents delicate moments and small gestures that build to a graceful and affecting emotional whole.

"When I look at people I see monkeys; ridiculous, loving, warring, spinning and colliding through life. Humanity frustrates me in its tragic naivety and childishness and moves me in its overwhelming capacity for love and kindness. I cling hopelessly to those I love to share this lifetime," said Janssen.

Exploring the meeting point between cultures, Henri Oguike creates a brand new work for the powerful dancers. In This Storm sees Oguike draw from his intense musicality to create a work of exquisite mystery that pushes the dancers to achieve a balance between speed, tenderness and an earthiness, almost tribal in nature.

"We were overwhelmed with the responses of the Indian audiences when we first toured the country in 2012. We are thrilled to be back in India again, with great energy and excitement to promote artistic dialogue and cultural exchange between Scotland and India through our performances," said Fleur Darkin, artistic director of Scottish Dance Theatre.

Catch it live
Forces of nature (Scottish dance drama)
When: October 8
Where: Siri Fort Auditorium, Asian Games Village Complex, Gautam Nagar
Time: 7 pm onwards
Nearest Metro Station: Green Park on Yellow Line

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