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
Details of the event
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!.... Read the entire response
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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