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Pallavi in stillness

Pallavi in stillness

Performances | English | Age 6+


Each choreography in the Pallavi series has had its unique focus. In Pallavi and Space (2016), the first performance of the series, the choreography highlighted the primacy of the chowk in Odissi — the first position, embodying the dancer’s concentrated consciousness and availability to execute any movement in the classical repertoire. Pallavi in Time in 2017 spotlighted the tribhang (tri-bent) standing stance, characteristic of both Odissi and Hindu temple sculpture. The aim: to elaborate the delicate, delight of the dancer’s body cutting into time, marked by rhythm, the beat of a song or reverberation footfalls. In Pallavi with Stillness (2018) Raka’s choreography works to deconstruct Odissi grammar by first isolating and then accenting torso movements—a stunning, mesmerizing feature of the dance’s repertoire. As in all previous iterations, the choreography is original, bold and utterly of the dancer’s skill, technique, and commitment. A Pallavi is a repeated refrain in Carnatic music. In Raka’s work, it refers to choreographic elaborations; lines of increasingly complex movement, placement, stillness, and shifting balances extrapolated from the grammar and repertoire of Odissi. The terminus is a sequence of liquid sculpture in seas of sound—sans role, sans character, sans story. In pure dance, and pleasure


  • Age limit: 6+.
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