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Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company (India)

Choreography and direction – Aditi Mangaldas

Part I

Life Inter_rupted

Part II

Celebration of Life

The term for the traditional Indian dance form, Kathak, is derived from the Vedic Sanskrit word Katha which means "story", and Kathakar which means "the one who tells a story". In this sense, Aditi Mangaldas is a true “master of eloquence”, although, unlike most classical Indian performers, she is not a hereditary dancer. In India she is justly acknowledged as a star of Kathak, but also as a maverick. Having perfectly mastered the technique of this ancient, highly complicated and impressive style under the direction of two gurus of Indian choreography, Aditi moved onwards and decided that she had something to say in her own right. This resulted in several productions in the style of contemporary dance based on Kathak. One of these, Life Inter_Rupted is a story of a journey in search of an answer: can we perceive the space within ourselves as well as we perceive it outside? The second part of the show, Life Celebrated, presents the traditional Kathak at its most virtuosic and most brilliant, which literally astonishes our imagination.

“Traditional or contemporary... there has never been a contradiction between the two in my mind. I look at the ancient dance form of kathak with a modern mind. … I believe that kathak is not a tether that holds me back, but a deep root from which I draw the strength to grow, to explore new forms, and use the past to create a language of the future.”

Aditi Mangaldas

2 video
May 21, 22, 23
Moscow Pushkin Theater
2 hours with an intermission