Parampara: The Making of Dance

26 — 27 July 2019

Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

Presented by Dr. Chandrabhanu OAM & Jambudvipa Association of Indian Arts

Explorations of creative choreography in contemporary Odissi Dance. With guest artist flamenco dancer - Laura Uhe.

Approx. 2 hours plus an interval


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Parampara: The Making of Dance considers the process of creativity and choreography. It is an in-depth look at the creation of dance and the source of its materials and inspiration. In the process of creating dance, the choreographer has to constantly observe the development of a piece over time and work with accomplished dancers for the work to evolve into a whole.

In the history of Odissi dance, which was revived in the 1950s, the work of recreating and reinventing dance was done by four different gurus who each had a different approach. Each one of these gurus had fresh inspiration based on sculptures, surviving traditions and also the creation of new music. From those four gurus, in today’s generation there are many dancers and choreographers who are still working on that level of creativity.

Odissi is really a contemporary experience based on tradition, however its contemporariness has not been highlighted, and the levels of its creativity have not been recognised, because of the labelling of the dance as tradition.

In this program Chandrabhanu, working with dancers Roshni and Uthra - two senior dancers form the Bharatalya Academy - will evolve a performance that is based on the sources of creativity in making a dance, along with the creation of new music which has been undertaken by Krushna Chandra Ray.

The environment of Melbourne has seen Chandrabhanu’s creativity since 1978. Chandrabhanu founded the Bharatam Dance Company, for which he created over 40 full length works in the Bharatnatyam, Odissi and contemporary dance genres. His ability lies in very conscious awareness of the development of Bharatnatyam and Odissi within the Australian context, but drawing from the traditions that were transplanted from India to Australia.

In this program, Chandrabhanu and the dancers will also evolve a work with Spanish flamenco dancer Laura Uhe, who is herself an accomplished and experienced performer and teacher. In this experience the audience will be given a chance to see how the evolution of a cross cultural work takes place.