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May 2021
SANCHARI.. More on the arts

'This is my name': Godse's claims of being a patriot
- Kavitha Muralidharan
A new play that explores one horrific moment in the past to raise unsettling questions about the future.

The balancing act
- Achuthan TK
Nepathya Rahul Chakyar performed a four-hour Nirvahanam segment on a wooden stool.

COVID pushed Cirque du Soleil into bankruptcy protection. Now for a Vegas comeback
- Lisa Fung
Cirque du Soleil announced that it will relaunch its two longest-running live shows in Las Vegas, "Mystère" and "O," in time for the July Fourth weekend...

'We are guests on Earth': Akram Khan to stage The Jungle Book as climate crisis tale
- Lyndsey Winship
Choreographer's new version, to be performed at Leicester's Curve in 2022, reinvents Kipling's Mowgli as a climate refugee.

Sofia Coppola to direct a film for NYCB's 2021 Spring Gala and Digital Season
- BWW News Desk
The film will feature choreography by NYCB's co-founding choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, and current resident choreographer Justin Peck.

Writing dances, from inside a prison
- Garnet Henderson
These dances, as they're performed, are also part of a conversation about the ways that we are all implicated in the prison industrial complex.

When the villain steals the show
- Achuthan T.K.
'Palazhi Madhanam' was rich in innovation even while strictly adhering to the Kathakali grammar.

A French monument remains every bit as grand on film
- Farah Nayeri
The Palais Garnier, which inspired the first "Phantom" in 1910, is silent at the moment, but it continues to hold the imagination.

The Kennedy Center is turning 50 with a year-long celebration of new works and special performances - in person, no less
- Peggy McGlone
The Kennedy Center is planning an extended celebration of its 50th anniversary in its 2021-2022 season, featuring new commissions by Philip Glass and Esperanza Spalding, year-long artist residencies by the Roots and Robert Glasper, interactive exhibitions commemorating its first five decades and a new outdoor bronze statue of JFK.

Ballet directors talk about 'fitness.' That's still code for rail-thin dancers
- Chloe Angyal
In ballet, "'Lengthen' doesn't mean get longer, it means get thinner." Today's ballet teachers and company directors know that they can no longer simply instruct their dancers to lose weight.

How Yakshagana is adapting to modern times
- Hema Iyer Ramani
Acclaimed performer Shivananda Hegde continues to tell stories with vigour and passion.

A petitioner in Krishna's court
- V. Kaladharan
A performance of the Kathakali play Santhanagopalam saw spectators moved by a bereaved father's anguish.

When your choreography is literally fire: Billy Bell combines his dance career with design
- Sarah Parker

How to infuse intention and artistry into your hands
- Rachel Caldwell
Despite being one of the most used parts of the body in everyday life, the hands can often be an afterthought in dance. Though the role of the hands, wrists and fingers varies depending on your dance form, the necessary intentionality crosses all disciplines.

Dance like a boy
- Shyamhari Chakra
Traditionally performed by young men, Gotipua, the precursorof Odissi, is being modernised and gentrified, losing the raw energy that is its essence.

A fresh approach to Padavarnam
- Rupa Srikanth
'Padavarnam', presented by Urmila Satyanarayanan's students, had many fresh elements.

Triple Frontiers review: Pushing the lines of Odissi
- Amalina Kamal
Sutra Foundation charmingly presents its latest production to an audience in a celebratory mood of the form.

How the documentary on dance guru C V Chandrasekhar was born
- Vinu Vasudevan
The documentary, 'Nrithya Gandharva - Prof. C. V. Chandrasekhar, His Art & Life', sketches the life of dance guru, choreographer and musician C.V. Chandrasekhar. A detailed description of its making.

Nine Rasa: An OTT Platform for Theater and Performing Arts
- Shriya S Nair
Bollywood actor Shreyas Talpade launches world's first OTT platform, Nine Rasa, dedicated to theatre and performing arts.

Dancers share their key takeaways after a year of dancing on film
- Maggie Small

Become a Daredevil: How to get comfortable taking risks in performance
- Haley Hilton
Successful dancers everywhere have to find ways to manage their safety concerns so they can dive into choreography without holding back.

Can performance be wellness? Inside the Socially Distant Dance Party emceed by David Byrne
- Laura Regensdorf
In SOCIAL!, an hour-long work now up at Manhattan's Park Avenue Armory, participants in a cavernous drill hall find their groove-and a little catharsis.

Royal Opera House to thank NHS workers with programme of live ballet and opera
- BWW Newsdesk
On June 27 the Royal Opera House will present a special performance of Puccini's opera of passion, friendship and heartbreak: La bohème.

UNC School of The Arts drops culturally insensitive Ballet LA BAYADÈRE after Hindu protest
- BWW Desk
Hindus protested the production saying it "seriously trivializes Eastern religious and other traditions".

Outreach Programme: Sutra Dance Theatre turning to youth to carry on legacy
- Tushaara Kannan

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