October 3 & 4, 2008, Wesleyan University, CT
Anita Ratnam performed and conducted workshop
Bharatanatyam dance performance on Friday, October 3, 8pm at Crowell Concert Hall
Bharatanatyam Dance Workshop on Saturday, October 4, 11amat Crowell Concert Hall
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Ratnam's dancing throughout was captivating, mesmerizing, evocative....
Ratnam's choreographic arrangements brought in a dimension not often seen in bharatanatyam—of making her audience think and engage with unique movements creating mandalas of circles, triangles, straight and diagonal lines on stage, exuberant nrtta and deeply moving and masterfully communicated abhinaya (narratives and emotions conveyed via facial and gesture language). The lyricism of Ratnam's dancing is marked with carefully thought through flows and interruptions and her particular talent in selecting and arranging the soundscapes kept the audience at the edge of their seats!....
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Ketu H. Katrak, Professor of Humanities, University of California, Irvine

Ratnam continued to use her body as an instrument throughout the evening, although in her later dances she also used it as a storytelling device.... Read the entire response

Emma Mohney, Contributing Writer, the Wesleyan Argus, Volume CXLIV, Number 12, October 10, 2008

This article was published at wesleyanargus.com/...

You are a truly astonishing dancer with an elegance and depth that is very rare. Your ability to transport us through your concentration, facial expressions and fluid gestures was truly wonderful. I've never seen someone give the kind of introductions to the pieces as you did...your movement is paralleled by your charismatic storytelling and gave us such an insightful point of entry into the work.

Pamela Tatge, Director, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University

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