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Interpretation of a myth

Dancer Chitra Sundaram performs“Skull” today at the Alliance Francaise

Dancer Chitra Sundaram performs “Skull a.k.a aMhas – The Immortal Sin” on August 4, 6.30 p.m., at Top Storey, Alliance Francaise of Madras, 24 (Old No. 40, College Road, Nungambakkam). The Indian premiere is presented by Alliance Fr ancaise of Madras, www.narthaki.com and the Arangham Trust.

“Skull” discusses a Hindu myth. Lord Siva beheads god Brahma and becomes a naked beggar for his crime, till his sin is washed off by holy waters. Meanwhile even his bloody deed and naked freedom appear powerful and attractive to some. The performance layers the familiar aesthetics of Bharatanatyam with other vocabularies of movement, expression and sound.

It has been presented in London by the Royal Opera House, in New York by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, in New Haven (CT) by the Whitney Humanities Center, in Liverpool at the Marks of Time conference and by the Soma Numa Dance on a 20-venue national tour of the U.K.

Skull performer and co-choreographer, London-based dancer and choreographer Chitra Sundaram has a distinctive international reputation as a Bharatanatyam soloist. Skull is an unusual work for her. Her unconventional “Moham – A A Magnificent Obsession” won her considerable critical acclaim in the U.K., the U.S., Canada and India. Her ensemble work “Awaz/Voice” featuring 12 performers was commissioned by for the London Mayor’s Trafalgar Square festival in 2006.

The performance is choreographed by Hari Krishnan, music and sound is presented by Niraj Chag and Manorama Prasad is the vocalist.

For details call 28279803 or 28271477.

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