Center for World Music Dance Performance | Morning | Mingei International Museum

As part of the inauguration of the new Mingei International Museum, the Center for World Music will activate the superb new Theater with a 40-minute dance performance.

Performances will be lead by the Center for World Music's Shibani Patnaik, with fellow Odissi dancers.

From Sculpture to Movement

Odissi, a form of Indian classical dance from the eastern state of Odisha in India, dates back to the 2nd century BC. Once nearly extinct, its revival in the 1950s can be credited to evidence from paintings and sculptures from ancient temples, palm leaf manuscripts, and ancient texts, as well as the memories of traditional temple dancers. Odissi has become well known for its lyrical nature, fluid movements and unique body positions.

The Center for World Music will present two dance pieces that bring ancient Indian sculptures to life.

Pallavi: Elaboration

Dancers from the Center for World Music Odissi School will present a _pallavi, m_eaning “elaboration". Pallavi is a pure dance form in the sense that it does not tell a story but is valued for the intrinsic beauty of the dance by itself. The piece starts with slow, lyrical movements and then evolves into fast-paced footwork and complex body movements. This dynamic dance will be performed by Arundhati Chakraborty, Bhakti Tantod, Namrata Bhargava and Shweta Shetty.

Saṃsāra:_ _Cycle of Life

Leading US-born Odissi dancer Shibani Patnaik will perform Saṃsāra: Cycle of Life. A contemporary composition, the piece depicts the soul’s journey through the process of birth, death and reincarnation. Shibani explores the concept of saṃsāra and themes related to the flow of life through excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita, a much-loved Hindu scripture, and the Bhaja Govindam, a hymn by the 8th-century theologian Shankara. As opposed to the pure dance of the pallavi, this movement is an example of _abhinaya _or expression-based dance, in which Shibani expresses emotions and concepts through hand gestures and facial expressions, enacting the narrative of accompanying lyrics.


Claire McKee

Please Note

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