Padam and Javali: Twin Elements of Love

Sat 23 November, 07:00 PM, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells

Session 1

Chennai-born Swapnasundari is a leading bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and vocalist.

Swapnasundari dances the padam and the javali to explore two different forms of love, the devotional (bhakti) and the romantic (sringara). She draws on bharatanatyam's graceful limb movements and detailed facial expressions to depict these related yet contrasting emotions.

Blending the playful with the cerebral, she dances to a rich sonic backdrop provided by three superb Carnatic classical musicians on vocals, violin and mridangam drum.

In the words of Akram Khan, who is curating Darbar Festival’s 2019 dance program, “there’s something universal about narratives from ancient Indian history – the grand themes, the shared myths, the flawed deities. Indian dancers place themselves in the shoes of gods as well as mortals...you should feel like you’re all learning together rather than being taught”.

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