DANCE OF SHIVA Nataraja - the lord of
dancers showing his fivefold activity, the expressionn of his divine totality.
His dancing limbs convey through their movements and symbols of the fivefold
action of creation, maintainance, dissolution, veiling-unveiling and liberation.
Shiva dances the cosmos into existence, upholds its existence and dances
it out of existence. (back)
From the dawn of creation, the wild god, whose name is
Rudra is Consciousness. He is the great yogi, the guardian of the absolute.
The androgen god. Shiva says of himself " I am the originator, the
god abiding in the supreme bliss. I, the yogi, dance eternally."
The celestial dance of Shiva, the cosmic dace, and the dance of destruction-creation
have the universe for their stage.
GYPSY STYLE DANCE - When
you witness Gypsy dance, you will be moved by the overwhelming depth of
expression drawn from real life experiences. The strong presence of Gypsies
reflects their flexibility to adapt to the changing world. Here, attention
to line and form are not the emphasis but rather ability to draw from
ones soul and communicate passion.
One of the most common dances performed in India today
is the Cobra Dance. Performed at fairs and festivals throughout India,
the dancer both reflects the snake charmer and the cobra expressing the
sensuous gyrations of the union between the cobra and snake charmer.
Duffali Dance - The duffali or (tambourine) is used and
a percussive instrument together with ghungaroos (ankle bells) to express
explosive rhythmic patterns and graceful body movements generating a lot
of excitement and stimulation of the senses with fast spinning turns.
Improvisation is at it's best here.
Wedding Dances are held through India and Europe. Gypsies
are usually hired as the entertainment. There are various songs and dances
depicting the presentation of the bride's' ornaments and how she wears
them one by one.
Gypsies are also called upon to perform for funerals and
memorials where the dancer takes on the physical characteristics of the
dead and acts as a medium of communication. (back)
DEMON Reflects Lord Krishna as a child defeating the
evil serpent Kaliya, the seven headed serpent inhabitating the Jumuna
River, destroying all life with his poisen. One day, Kirshnia was playing
ball on the banks of the Jumuna River, and the ball bounced in to the
river, and Kirshna decided once and for all to drive this evil serpent
solo presentation wherein the dancers performs the traditional form in
the time cycle of 16 beats (tintaal). A unique feature will be the spontaneous
improvisations that she will show in the rhythmic phrases. Accompanied
by tabla, and sarangi, the dancer creates new passages of footwork and
movements. It displays the technical aspects of Kathak, including elaborate
footwork, hand gestures and body movements. (back)