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Sringaram - Dance of Love

Sringaram - Dance of Love

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  • Wed 9 Mar ’16, 7:00pm – 8:00pm


Fortune Theatre Studio, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Show map



Ticket Information:

  • Full: $15.00
  • Concession: $10.00

“The subject matter is intensely provocative. As a dancer, Swaroopa has an unhurried graceful style; her movements are expressive, fluid, clean and clear.” – Emily Napolitano, www.theatreview.org.nz

Sacred or Profane?

Sringaram means love or erotic love. Bharatanatyam is often praised for its technical virtuosity and expressions that emphasise more on the devotion aspect of the characters. But there were dances that explored the different emotions of love. Padams and Javalis danced by the devadasis – the dancing women of India, were mostly on love, longing, desire and eroticism. It reflected their lives as courtesan dancers. Sringaram, a solo dance theatre presented by Swaroopa Unni is a journey through some of these masterpieces… a journey of intense love through the eyes of Nayika, a devadasi. This project is proudly supported by Asia New Zealand Foundation and Creative New Zealand,
Sringaram is a concept that Swaroopa has been researching on for more than a year. The subject intrigued her because throughout her training period as a Bharatanatyam dancer she was never taught any of these masterpieces owing to its explicit content. Growing up in a world where we have different guidelines on moral conduct for women, the ideas that these lyrics put forth were something that made her question – Was it sacred? Or was it profane?
Apart from traditional music, additional music for Sringaram has been composed by Sandeep Pillai, a well-known musician from India. Sringaram will also showcase a special composition that uses English words in the lyrics clearly showing the influence of English educated patrons. Sringaram premiered at The Body Festival 2015 and New Zealand Fringe Festival 2016 to rave reviews and is waiting to be presented in Dunedin.

Fringe tags; dance, theatre, performance.

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