AAI REVIEW – That’s Dancing

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I was very nervous and excited. It was almost after 5-6 years that I was going to see a TDX show in Delhi. While I was working with The Danceworx I had always been either at the backstage or the FOH running around doing things. Today I was going to watch the performances sitting in the audience and the thought of it was making me restless.

The Danceworx Delhi presented THAT’S DANCING at the LTG Auditorium in Mandi House on Sunday the 6h August 2017. There were 2 shows, a matinee and an evening show. I went for the evening show.

I was at the LTG around 45 minutes prior to the show. While in the foyer I could hear Shubha Mudgal’s voice coming from inside the auditorium. Shohini Dutta and Shubha Mudgal, I instantly knew I was in for a treat. The exhibition in the foyer by the photographer of the project, Divye Dua kept me busy for the next half an hour. I loved the exhibit which gave an insight into the project. Just the only thing that bothered me was that there could have been some more photographs in this exhibition and not just the mere handful.

The show started at ten past seven. I was given a seat just next to Mr. Lobo’s, which made me all the more uncomfortable…phew!! Mr. Lobo had flown to Delhi the evening before to encourage the participants and choreographers of THAT’S DANCING.

The performance started with Pankaj Guglani’s CHASE. CHASE was all about getting acquainted to different faces of your own self during the various ups and downs of life. Losing your being for something or someone and upon self–confrontation getting close to yourself all over again.

Now this is what I was waiting for, PIECES OF ME!! During 2010-2011 (when I was working for TDX), I used to run towards the stage upon hearing, “mathura nagarpati kahe tum gokul jao”. I always felt that there is something magical about Shohini and Shubha Mudgal. This time again Shohini had created sheer magic with Shubha Mudgal’s Omiya and Ure Jay. PIECES OF ME spoke about relationships and how we are entangled in them be it people, objects, habits etc. and how we carry them along with us to our final destination.

THE BLUE JACKET by Naomi McCoo was a fun Jazz piece and reminded me of Heidi Wiess’s choreographies for The Danceworx.

Over the years Ragini Bhajanka has matured well as a choreographer and this was evident from her fabulous choreography, AS OF NOW. An amazing piece that made me forget taking photographs and watch the piece with undivided attention. AS OF NOW talks about all the madness of the world and how one dreams only to be sane.

The show finished with Pankaj’s choreography A GAME PLOT. Based on Jaz and variations drawn from Funk, Modern and Ballet, A GAME PLOT was a great end to the evening.

Not to forget the brilliant lighting done by our very own Gyan Dev Singh (Paji).

PLEASE NOTE – I am not an artist or a technical person to comment on or judge any aspect of the performance. I do understand what all pain one takes and the courage one puts up to present such a performance and highly appreciate and respect the efforts. Whatever I write is purely what I feel sitting in the audience.

Photographs @ Arijeet Mukherjee

Copyright @ Artist Association of India

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