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A mesmerising presentation: Members of US dance troupe ‘Project Bandaloop' performing an aerial dance show at the LIC Building, Connaught Place in New Delhi on Friday.
NEW DELHI: Daring lunges, breathtaking somersaults and fluid dance movements performed by a group of seven dancers on the vertical length of the LIC Building here made the landmark construction the cynosure of all eyes on Friday.
The performance, which was presented by the San Francisco-based dance troupe Project Bandaloop, was produced by cultural organisation Seher and organised by the American Center.
With only ropes as long as the building tied to their bodies for visible support, the dancers made the vertical glass façade of the LIC building their virtual playground and performed at the level of the 15th floor.
As they bounced off and bounded on the building with grace and ease and arranged themselves effortlessly in awe-inspiring formations, the dancers wowed the gaping crowds below which had spilled out of the LIC complex and had collected in strategic positions around the building to catch a glimpse of the performers. The dancers were visible even away from the immediate vicinity of the building.
Lilting music, a festively lit-up building and a pleasant winter evening made for a carnival like atmosphere as the enthusiastic crowds cheered and clapped for every graceful leap and agile twist.
Sashaying and swaying to the music seemingly unrestricted by the dizzying heights at which they were performing, the improbable moves of the men and women dancers presented a perfect instance of individuals transcending the limitations of the human body.
Anil Pokhriyal who was inside the complex along with his two children, said: “I came here because of my children. But the performance also enthralled and amazed me.”
Speaking about the performance, Seher founder Sanjeev Bharagava said: “This is the first time urban landscape is being used for dance in the Capital. Usually dance performances take place within the confines of auditoriums with limited capacity. However, this aerial dance form was presented in such a way that hundreds of people could view it.”
Appreciating the enthusiastic crowds, American Center cultural attaché Michael Macy said: “We decided to organise this event as dance is a popular cultural form in India. The people were clearly enthralled with the dramatic, lyrical performance. Bandaloop Project has performed in Golconda too.”
Thirty-five-year-old professional dancer Rachael Lincoln who was glowing after the performance and presented a picture of agility and health, spoke about the difficulties of the 40-minute act: “We can't perform at that height for very long else the blood rushes to the head. To be able to perform these stunts, we need a high level of physical fitness and thus have to be particular about our diet and exercise.”
Admitting to the limitations of performing at such heights, she added: “We have to coordinate and rehearse our moves intensively. The most crucial part is safety and how to manage it.”
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