The second sunrise starts off heavily, with full-bodied sounds of deep breaths preparing the dancers and setting the mood for an introspective space of anguish grief, disgrace and reflection.
The Second Sunrise distills poetry from Rudramoorthy Cheran’s war anthology, rendered into opiate movement inspired by Odissi. In here, live music accompanies the entire performance, starting by underscoring the cryptic slow dance material, while autumn leaves fall on the stage, the dancers are inseparable from each other – perhaps like a family fleeing war, a giant dancing enigma.
The slow pace brings the ensemble to rise off the floor, driving the audience into a journey that looks into the symbolism of war, displacement and degradation.
Once up, dance and music start responding to one another, through progressive and uncomfortable stamping on the ground leaving no room for confusion about the sorrow and disruption of war.
Heavily charged with emotions of despair and dashing any hopes these dancers leave the audience in awe. Through a continual gaze in search of what’s beyond the horizon line, perforating through the audience Sandhya Suresh expells unusual sensations into her skin and performs an emotional dance throughout The Second Sunrise; connecting from within the body, giving an outstanding performance like no other in the evening.
Hypnotic and captivating dance material bringing one to a comfortable attesting place. However, Raka Maitra breaks the spell and makes one feel terribly out of place with the collapse of a massive bookshelf.
Packed with books, nearly missing one of the dancers and wrecking the dance – juxtaposing the hypnotic movement of the dancers as well as the reflection space consequently created for the audience to sit and watch.
In here, The Second Sunrise becomes more symbolic and disturbing, as the latter reflects on the destruction and burning fire of a library that set off the start of the civil war in Sri Lanka.
Culture dies, dance vanishes and one is left with poetry rising from the ashes looking for hope in the form of dance.