Mallika Sarabhai presents Classic to Contemporary

Mallika Sarabhai and Company
Thursday October 12th at 7:30 pm
Atlas Performing Arts Center
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The lyrics for Bharata Natyam were written many hundred years ago, when humanity’s primary concern was the longing to find God or be united with the eternal One. The lyrics were primarily in Tamil and Telugu with later dancers bringing in the voices of Kabir, Meera and other medieval poets. The company is excited to return to Washington DC with a series of performances ranging from classical bharata natyam to contemporary idioms.

Today some of us wish to speak of other, more current issues and thoughts, still using the sophistry of the dance style of Bharata Natyam. In a first, in Darpana, artists started writing about their concerns, in myriad languages but keeping within the strict metre of classicism. Finding My Voice brings to audiences thoughts on global warming, live in relationships, an atheists relationship with the Goddess, sexual preferences and the growing intolerance in the world, all in the strictest and most complex Pandanallur Bharata Natyam vocabulary.

In Out of Bounds, Revanta Sarabhai and Pooja Purohit pose the question: what happens when you dissect Bharata Natyam to its core. The two dancers look for a new narrative, while their bodies still carry traces of the past. We see, in three chapters, a man and a woman transform the pure form of their dance to a story about relationships.