Madhavi Mudgal’s Vistar

Tue 26 November, 07:30 PM, Sadler's Wells

Session 1

With choreography and direction by award-winning dancer Madhavi Mudgal, Vistar is performed by an all-female ensemble accompanied on stage with live musicians. Vistar is a chance to experience the traditional dance form of Odissi in a contemporary framework. While Odissi is typically a solo performance, Vistar enhances the classical dance style by inviting a group of dancers on to the stage. By expanding the structure, the abstract (nritta) and expressional (abhinaya) are exaggerated to form a unique synthesis of ‘then’ and ‘now’.

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 should feel like you’re all learning together rather than being taught”.

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