Inspiring Indian classical and contemporary dance

2009-04-09 00:00

VIBRANT Indian dancers are set to perform a compelling new work, ChakraView at the Playhouse Opera Theatre in Durban on April 18.

The work is inspired by everyday happenings that have affected the world deeply. Choreographer Varsha Sharma uses both contemporary and Indian classical dance to explore this theme through dance and movement.

Commenting on the work, Sharma said: “ChakraView is a young and fresh approach to Indian classical dance. It works off the precepts of a classical medium in a contemporary manner.

“By changing the nature of our thoughts we can liberate ourselves from this illusionary ChakraView of the mind. I believe this will be an utterly thought-provoking journey as pieces were inspired by the Mumbai attacks, 9/11 and closer to home, the xenophobic attacks.

“The work looks toward religion as a unifying factor and embracing each other in all our diversity. It celebrates life and pays tribute to the human spirit.”

ChakraView has an exciting musical score, which brings together world music and live orchestration by talented and versatile local percussionist Vishen Kemraj on an array of instruments.

It also features music from the award-winning Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, and songs by Rahul Sharma, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan and a host of other world-renowned musicians.

Dancers performing in the show include Sharma, Kajal Bagwandeen, dancers from the Nateshwar Dance Academy and others.

Tickets, priced at R50 or R75, can be bought through Computicket at or by phoning 083 915 8000.

— Arts Editor.

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