Shankarananda Kalakshetra presents
Dancing Tales… Panchatantra
Experimental Theatre, 7pm
May 26, 2012 Mumbai
May 17, 2012
As part of NCPA’s ongoing Summer Fiesta festival, Shankarananda Kalakshetra presents its dance theater work
DANCING TALES ... PANCHATANTRA
On Saturday 26th May 2012 at 7pm
At the Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai
Dancing Tales…Panchatantra brings alive some of the most well-known tales from Panchatantra.
The production showcases the morals, values and humour of the parables of the Panchatantra in a dance theatre format, where through parable and allegory, the production talks about friendship, bravery, quick wittedness, foolishness, leadership and freedom.
In this lyric free production laced with humour and wit, the conventional and the contemporary meet and disperse in kaleidoscopic designs combined with a rich movement vocabulary and imagery.
Concept, Direction & Choreography: Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant
Music Direction & Composition: Prema Ramamurthy
Script: Jayant Dwarakanath
Produced by: Shankarananda Kalakshetra
Dancers: Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant, Sneha Magapu, Krithika Varsha, Aparna Sharma, Anisha Datla, Aditi Rao, Aditi Nigam, Jinnakaraj MP, Raghav Thirumala, Sen Jansen
Children: Srikruthi P, Raghavi Shankarguhan, Srividya
Voice: Jayant Dwarakanath
Costumes: Ganesh Nallari
Stage: Purna Chandrashekar
Digitally mastered at Joshi Digitals by J Dattatreya
Selecting danceable tales illustrating "friendship, courage and quick wittedness, foolishness, vile and guile, leadership and freedom", Ananda under her institution Shankarananda Kalakshetra has produced a clean winner - peppy, and full of humour. What must have been kinetically challenging, through a blend of movements, conventional and original, exuding the mixed flavours of Kathakali, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi has evolved a dance collage, where ensemble scenes are most convincing in aesthetic terms and in creating typical characters.
… Leela Venkatraman, The Hindu, New Delhi
Ananda Shankar Jayant said it with finesse. And no words were necessary. The enchanting movements of dance did all the talking. Story telling has never been better. . Everyone sat charmed.
...Hyderabad Times, Times of India
The gait, character and mood of each animal is skillfully portrayed without compromising classical technique, and grammar.
- The New Indian Express
Andhra Pradesh's most creative and chic dance choreographic creation of the season. Not to mention, the quality of dance and choreography that can be summed up with superlatives like intellectual, energetic and thoroughly entertaining!!
- Pratima Sagar, www.narthaki.com