CLASSICAL STORYTELLING WITH ORIENT BALLET
Ballet, as a form of dance is organic in its employment of movement and music in the act of storytelling. Experimentation with the form fusing traditional dance with modern dance has been a part of the local discipline for many years, and the Ravibandhu‐ Samanthi Dance Ensemble has excelled at recreating the classics of theatre including ‘Macbeth’, ‘Othello’, ‘Rite of Spring’, ‘Salome’, ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The ensemble took place from the 20th to 24th of August, at the Lionel Wendt, performed a curated series of the ensemble’s renowned oriental ballets at Mudra, a festival of dance. The creative team of the festival comprised of Ravibandhu Vidyapathy and Samanthi Vidhyapathy providing guidance in artistic direction, choreography, costumes, make‐up and decor, while Jithendra Vidyapathy commandeered the musical elements. ARTRA witnessed the finale of the festival, which recreated the tragic story of jealousy and rage, ‘Othello’, by William Shakespeare, manipulating exclusively the aspects of movement, facial expressions and music.
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