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A dancelogue with the city
Mahima Dayal  8th Dec 2012

Adhara Chakra at the Purana Quila | Photo: Divya Babu & Sanjay Arora

'AadharaChakra a Dance-logue' was staged at the Purana Qila by the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, an umbrella organization teaching, developing, and researching various dance movements.

The ballet skirted on the abstract, yet presented a thematic representation of the various blends which are a part of the life in a city. Dancing to the heritage that the Purana Quila takes pride in, the performance progressed in a non-linear fashion, allowing the viewer to absorb every act independently as well as weave their way through the larger abstract. The Attakalari Repertory Company staged the ballet with music by Sam Auinger and Martin Lultz, who provided an interesting amalgamation of sounds collected from varied urban landscapes. For instance the dancers entered the stage for the first act blowing rickshaw horns, while the same was being replicated by the acoustics, thereby honking at the bare theme of the dance at the offset.

The costumes which were designed by Sanchita and Jyoti Sachdev draped the women in blue and the men in white. TarunTahiliani was found backstage after the production telling the organizers to allow him to design the outfits for their next performance; for he felt that the current ones could not do justice to the dancer's frames.

Founder and artistic director of the Attakalari Centre, Jayachandran Palazy t shared his vision for the piece with Guardian20, "It's a long process of looking at our own traditions and deconstructing them, engaging with the contemporary life as we see it, and then process that movement with principles of freestyle."

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