The ringside, yet very close association with the production and performance of contemporary dance performance, DEVOTIONs, last week has had a profound impact on me. I wanted to fly like every other dancer on the stage. I restrained myself. It was like I was on the stage. I shot the entire performance thrice, twice during the rehearsals and the final performance. I was almost with my camera along with the dancers during the rehearsals, as I wanted to capture every move. I was flowing with the movement of the dancers, watching every move through the eye-piece. It was an amazing feeling. It was a sense of dejavu.
I went back to the last decade of mine, when I was associated with a few intense creative endeavours –
a. Dance – As part of STEM dance Kampani and Madhu Natraj when I was at IIMB. I was a regular participant and even roped STEM to perform at IIMB.
b. Music – I designed sets and also directed quite a few episodes of ‘Sur Sandhya’, a classical music program on Star Plus, produced by Gurumayi Anuradha Chaurasia
c. Theatre – Associated with Guru Barry John’s Imago theatre, first as a student and then as an adviser too..
Devotions brought back those emotions of being involved in the thick of the action and performing there on the stage. There is no pleasure beyond performing on the stage.
I have been living a vicarious life of ‘on the stage’, thanks to the motivational sessions that I do addressing the youth – almost 200 days a year. So that has been quenching my thirst of performing and motivating. The active association with SPICMACAY in the last five years has also quenched my thirst to a great extent of enjoying the art forms. My camera has taken me to the stage, behind the stage and into the lives of inspiring performers. But, it seems the time has come for me to jump very actively on the ‘real’ creative stage.
I have taken a few steps in Music – started learning again with Guru Vaidyanathan and the action in Dance and Theatre seem to be round the corner. I shall and will make it happen this year.
Devotions – Contemporary Dance, a set on Flickr.
DEVOTIONs – A contemporary dance piece by five dancers exploring & sharing their own path, story aspirations, experiences in devotion.
March 31, 2012 Stainless Art Gallery, Mira Complex, Beneath Okhla Flyover, near to New Friends Colony Signal, New Delhi
Directed by: GIlles Chuyen
with Nikolina Nikoleski, Raj kumar Mahoor, Astha Dixit, Nihar Ranjan Goswami & Gilles Chuyen.
Space Design by Manish Kansara.
Photography by R. Sreenivasan