Founded by Artistic Director, Nina Rajarani, Srishti create and present dance work that maintains the authenticity of Indian classical dance and music whilst presenting these forms in innovative ways and within contemporary contexts. The company has a passion for, and extremely in-depth knowledge of, Bharatanatyam (a south Asian style of dance) and Karnatic music, its natural accompaniment. PLAY BALL continues the unparalleled collaboration between choreographer Nina Rajarani and composer Y Yadavan.
The PLAY BALL performance is split into three sections. The first titled Bend it… let’s play football! The use of complex footwork that Bharatanatyam and football share makes a testosterone-charged, peacock-like display of skill. The dancers and musicians become two teams… they tackle, they shoot, they fake injury like all the greats… a goal is scored, the crowd erupts and the celebration dance ensues. Never has Bharatanatyam been so competitive. The second section Chemistry is the lovers’ reunion after a tiff. ‘Will she play ball?’ he thinks as he tries to woo her back. This male-female duet, induced with passion and laced with vigorous but playful rhythmic passages creates a romantic and fiery dance that celebrates love and happiness. The final piece in the set Quick! is the critically acclaimed piece that won Nina Rajarani the Place Prize 2006. In ‘Quick!’ eight ambitious young London businessmen jostle and compete for attention in the workplace – the energy and dazzling footwork of this entertaining piece reflects the cut-throat world of business and city life.
To Nina, Bharatanatyam is the perfect medium for this piece. Not only because that’s the style she has trained in, but also because the form is characterised by precision and accuracy. It has clean, crisp angular/geometric movements, governed by symmetry; the technique fits the concept of QUICK! perfectly. It is also quite a formal style, so it also fits the businessman image. Nina sees the rhythmic complexity that Bharatanatyam allows correlating to the “big money” talks that businessmen engage in on a day-to-day basis.
Don’t miss this exhilarating testosterone-fuelled dance performance! Tickets are on sale now £8 (£6). Box Office: 0121 333 2444 or book online at www.the-drum.org.uk.
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