Ingrained to its core with canorous musical accompaniment by Saranjith NK and Uma Katju.
Pallavi and Space, largely a magical performance choreographed by Raka Maitra.
The performance starts with fine and attentive steps from the dancers walking on a dark stage, in here sound became acuter and our senses have change direction – unanticipatedly sound became pristine, primordial and an agent for change.
My experience of Pallavi and Space was nurtured from a slow group unison that conquered the abstract space. The negative space becomes visible to the audience’s eye via the light and music, while the dance composition invades and recreates the space surrounding the dancers; distilling every possibility that Odissi offers in their immediate space and later on the stage at large.
The proximity between audience and performers allowed for an intimate relationship to arise in which the audience is invited to notice the minute differences of the hand gestures, the pelvis swinging and the head tilting against a unison largely conquered by the entire ensemble.
The dance itself can look simple from the distance, however, this perfect venue allows the audience to penetrate in the dancer’s eyes. I couldn’t help but think that these people are happy, content and in control. A freakish jealousy feeling arises from within me when I see these five classically trained dancers moving together, connected through perfect rhythmic footwork.
Pallavi and Space promises ‘ to create dialogic contact between the abstract space of classical dance and the concrete, interior, space of the National Museum of Singapore Gallery Theatre’ and it delivers to perfection with hypnotic live music and devoted performances from very talented dancers; Karishma Nair, Meera Gurumurthy, Namaha Mazoomdar, Raka Maitra and Sandhya Suresh.
Pallavi and Space was at The National Museum of Singapore Theatre Gallery on the 25th and 26th of March 2016