Swiss artistes perform to rhythm of universe in Chandigarh

  • Milanpreet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 02, 2015 11:42 IST
Swiss dance troupe performing in front of the Open Hand monument, Sector 1, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT Photo)

To mark the year of ‘Swiss Innovation in India 2015-16’, the Chandigarh tourism department organised ‘Quantum — The contemporary dance from Switzerland’ at Sector 1 on Tuesday.

The initiative was taken to promote heritage tourism and bring awareness among the city residents regarding the architectural wonders created by architect Le Corbusier.

UT adviser Vijay Dev was the chief guest at the event. Ambassador from Switzerland Linus Von Castelmur, home secretary cum-secretary (tourism) Anurag Aggawal, finance secretary Sarvjit Singh, MC commisioner Bhawna Garg, special secretary (finance) Jitender Yadav and sub-divisional magistrate (SDM east) Danish Ashraf were present on the occasion.

Quantum denoted a mutual inspiration that can happen when artistes and scientists work together. The performance involved shaking and throbbing that celebrated the dance of the universe through the movement of elementary particles.

Six dancers from Switzerland vibrated, scattered and whirled, while responding to the slightest movements. Carla Scaletti’s soundscape from particle collision data provided the sonic ether.

During the performance, the dancers constantly attracted and repelled each other, as if caught in a force field, which all the matter is subjected to, while following their own course with its varying geometry. They took various forms with stretching and alignment of their bodies, presenting an extraordinary sight to the viewers. Director of the Chandigarh tourism Jitender Yadav said by introducing such features in tourism, tourists and people of the tricity can enjoy and become aware of the city’s worthwhile tourist spots.

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