Apsaras Arts Dance Firm’s newest work ‘Amara’ is impressed by the sculptures at Banteay Srei
Apsaras Arts Dance Firm productions should not nearly dance, they’re tradition travelogues. The Singapore-based group’s choreographic works have been journeying by way of South East Asia, providing glimpses of the historical past and heritage of the area.
If ‘Angkor – An Untold Story’ took the viewers to the center of the Khmer Empire in twelfth century Cambodia and its ties with the Chola Empire in India, ‘Anjasa’, which implies ‘path’ in Pali, explored the great thing about Buddhist temple structure. The corporate’s newest presentation, ‘Amara’, that premières at the moment at Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Competition of Arts 2020, hosted by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, is impressed by one in every of Cambodia’s well-known sacred constructions, Banteay Srei.
“We’ve been completely having fun with this voyage with a goal. Other than the truth that it completely suits into our aesthetic imaginative and prescient, these choreographic works have introduced alive the sturdy and conventional hyperlink between India and South East Asia,” says Aravinth Kumarasamy, inventive director, Apsaras Arts.
“Banteay Srei, the one temple within the area not constructed by a royal, signifies not only a synthesis of cultures but in addition brings collectively Shiva and Vishnu. The temple has finely sculpted yoginis on its uncommon pink sandstone partitions and scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Amara is an effort to showcase the spirit behind its architectural design and the non secular ethos,” says Aravinth.
The choreography attracts its essence from Bharatanatyam, an artwork type the corporate has been imparting coaching in since its inception in 1977 by Kalakshetra alumni and college members, S. Sathyalingam and Neila Sathyalingam.
Giving a singular id
Aravinth, who has extensively researched Khmer historical past earlier than conceptualising these works, says what he finds superb about Cambodian temples and monuments is that they aren’t mere replicas of Indian constructions. “They’ve been created after a deep research of the Indian custom and their very own understanding of it. This offers the South East Asian tradition a singular id. Having been in Singapore for a few years and practising an artwork that goes past approach to discover custom, I’ve been drawn in the direction of themes that assist me take a look at the world by way of the window of tradition.”
Amara’s music has been composed by Rajkumar Bharathi, a long-time collaborator, who all the time finds doing music for the corporate’s productions thrilling, “since it’s a beautiful mixture of creativeness and conference.”
“In addition to choreography, loads of thought additionally goes into costume and set design. I really feel a manufacturing’s enchantment depends upon how a lot the crew has labored on each little facet. The trouble by no means stops with crafting ideas and actions. ‘Amara’ will as soon as once more show our perception in setting the stage completely, even when it’s a digital presentation. Choreography and costume for the manufacturing are by Mohanapriyan Thavarajah whereas sound design is by Sai Shravanan. And eight dancers will unravel the tales of Banteay Srei,” says Aravinth.
‘Amara’ will likely be obtainable for viewing on SISTIC Dwell until November 29.