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Indian Classical Dance at “Dancing the Gods”

The Odissi dancer Rahul  Acharya. Photo courtesy of World Music Institute.
The Odissi dancer Rahul Acharya. Photo courtesy of World Music Institute.

World Music Institute presented a festival of Indian Dance, as it has the past three years. This time around, the performers were Rahul Acharya, Vidhya Subramanian, Shambhavi Dandekar, and Janaki Rangarajan. They performed in three different styles: Odissi, Bharata Natyam, and Kathak. Half the performances were to taped music—a shame—the other half were accompanied by an extraordinary ensemble, including Roopa Mahadevan, Puneet Panda, Anjna Swaminathan, Rajan Srikrishnan, and the marvelous percussionist Rajna Swaminathan. You can read my review for DanceTabs here.

And here is a short excerpt: “The organizers went out on a limb, inviting a quartet of younger, lesser-known dancers, who shared two double-bills. One, Rahul Acharya, was an anomaly: a male practitioner of the predominantly female-style odissi (which originated as a devotional dance performed by devadasis in temples.)”

Spring has Sprung at City Ballet

an image from JR's "Les Bosquets. Opposite attract—Lil Buck and Lauren Lovette share a moment of intimacy. Photo by Paul Kolnik.
an image from JR’s “Les Bosquets. Opposite attract—Lil Buck and Lauren Lovette share a moment of intimacy. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

You can find my review of opening night, which included a new pièce d’occasion by the French photographer and street artists JR (with some help from Peter Martins), here. And here’s a short excerpt:

“It was a classic case of opposites attract. Here was this kid from the streets, doing magic, sinuous moves in sneakers; she was a pretty girl in a white tutu, bourréeing and spinning like a sylph. As they filmed each other with their imaginary cameras, we saw giant projected images of their sweaty, anguished faces. Sneakers and pointe shoes, a love story.”