Pallavi in Time by Raka Maitra is a quintet of elegance, rhythm and precision in dance, drawn from the classical Indian dance Odissi.
The sound of ghungroos ( bells strapped around the ankles) entering the stage in utter darkness is the very opening into this world of goddesses and heroines. The scene is set, and our senses are awakened and curious to listen and watch dance.
Pallavi in Time is an ensemble piece; five determined dancers conquer the stage in a lenient journey, accompanied by live music. They move as if they are a cloud continually altering the landscape with unison dance material, occasionally making a point with soft stamping on the ground. The aftermath sound left on stage seems to inspire the dancers to imagine more, to dance beyond the traditional form presenting an army of sensual adventures and another intense performance of Sandhya Suresh leading this joie de vivre dance expedition.
Raka Maitra smoothly suspends the dance in the air, with a dramatic sepia lighting change granting the dancers permission to breath in the choreography as if one can stop time.
Pallavi in Time comes across as an exploration for the dancers lengthening their hearts, soul and bodies into an imaginative world of sheer perfection, seduction and ultimate pleasure.
Occasionally, one of the dancers breaks the ensemble work to dance beyond the quintet formation expanding the potential of the choreography as solo material. Pallavi in Time is quite a magical dance performance, leading the audience right into the core of the work, via the delicate and delightful performance of the cast, one can not stop following the expressive faces and cheeky smiles that are an integral part of this exciting inward experience.