The celebrated Indian dance maker Aditi Mangaldas brings her high-octane creation, Inter_rupted infusing the ancient art form kathak with 21st-century sound, rhythm and light to Tramway this autumn.
Eight dancers including Mangaldas are joined by a group of musicians on stage for a startlingly rich and intricate piece that emerges from the depths of the body, exploring its fragility, disintegration and renewal.
Considered a maverick in her country, the choreographer has consistently broken ground with her visionary merging of classic and contemporary Indian dance styles. Unafraid to confront social and present-day concerns, her eloquent and dynamic work is characterised by percussive footwork, narrative gestures and dizzying spins. On Inter_rupted, she collaborates with Fabiana Piccioli, much admired for her striking lighting designs and winner of the Knight of Illumination Award. The mesmeric music is composed by Sajid Akbar and performed live on stage.
The UK-India Year of Culture is a twelve-month celebration of the long and rich partnership between India and the UK. It sees a vast programme of cultural exchange and activity taking place in cities across both countries, including a focus India’s heritage and contemporary culture as part of the dynamic India@UK2017 festival. Information on the full programme is at indiaatuk2017.com
Inter_rupted is a co-production by Drishtikon Dance Foundation with Dance Umbrella, London and is supported by Akademi, London; NCPA, Mumbai; India Heritage Desk and Aakash Odedra Company.