HYDERABAD: Monsoon Raga Foundation in collaboration with Embassy of United States and SBI presents Battery Dance company from New York to present its critically acclaimed production SHAKTI: A Return to the Source in Hyderabad on January 10th at Shilpakavedika. Sculptural duets are the centerpiece of the work, like temple friezes come to life. Music by the sonorous brothers Rajan & Sajan Mishra and their Raag Durga, wove its way into Jonathan Hollander’s head in 1992 when he served as a lecturer at M.S. University in Vadodara and toured India with his dance company. For the Battery Dance’s 40th Anniversary, Hollander returned to the source and created a 30-minute work that has since toured the U.S. and South Asia, revealing a level of sophisticated rhythms and choreographic invention that explains its widespread popularity.
India’s own Unnath Hassan Rathnaraju is featured as a guest artist in SHAKTI, having engaged in a creative residency with Battery Dance in 2015-16, during the genesis of the choreography and having toured the U.S. and South Asia with the dance company ever since. He will also present his own choreography in the classical Bharatanatyam mode.
Lauded for her innovative dancing style, exemplary teaching approach and meticulous attention to the traditions and finer details of her art, Guru Swathi Gundapuneedi Atluri is highly revered as a Kuchipudi Artist. She is featured as a guest artist presenting two incredible Kuchipudi solos as part of Battery Dance Hyderabad Performance night.
The Red Line, choreographed by Tadej Brdnik who appeared as a soloist with Battery Dance in 2001 when the Company performed in a 6-city India tour, is being showcased on this tour, after having riveted audiences in Canada, Germany and the U.S. The haunting score by Syrian-American composer provides the heartbeat and spell-binding intrigue that infuses this dramatic work by the next-generation of Battery Dance choreographers.
Observatory by South African choreographer Theo Ndindwa will complete the program with its breath-taking athleticism, stunning partnering and pulsating ensemble work. With bodies stretching to the limit, this work has brought audiences to their feet across Asia, Africa, Europe and North and South America since its New York debut in 2014.
At the height of its powers, Battery Dance is truly a globe-trotting dance company that has electrified audiences in 70 countries to date. India is undoubtedly its favorite port of call where the Company has appeared in 17 cities, demonstrating that East and West can come together through dynamic, thought-provoking and visually arresting dance.
The U.S. Embassy and SBI are sponsoring Battery Dance’s national tour of India. Monsoon Raga Foundation, founded by well known choreographer and filmmaker Shreenath Muthyala, is a non profit that aims to create , document and present art from across the world.
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