Shree Krishna Leela
07/10/2011 - 09/10/2011
Performers: Vivek Kinra and Gayatri Balagurunathan, TK Thiruchelwam with Mudra Dance Company and an eight-piece orchestra performing on traditional Indian instruments.
Post-production assistance with music: James Mason
Eyes dart, bodies sway, hearts swell, they adore - we adore!
Review by Greer Robertson 09th Oct 2011
Walk into the theatre and be transported around the globe and back in time.
This passionate dance drama unravels the entire story of Lord Krishna from his birth to his cosmic existence.
Of historical, cultural and religious significance this Bharata-Natyam work finally takes to the Wellington stage having been the brainchild and 3 year dream of Vivek Kinra. The essential and extensive music was composed and recorded in Chennai, India with post production assistance from James Mason Wellington. And this project in it’s entirety, is by no means a small challenge and is one that is achieved for the most part. Supported by in-depth and rather lengthy narration before each of the 6 Acts, Krishna’s life unfolds. Vibrant beautifully adorned in bold colours and exquisite jewelry, maidens supply the never ceasing, moving backdrop and still photographic images pull you directly into the choreographed enactment. Characters come and go, weaving the story together.
With intricate timing the well rehearsed dancers slap and beat the floor while emotively describing the conversational events by way of articulate and succinct miming. Eyes dart, bodies sway, hearts swell, they adore – we adore! Joined by International Guest Artists Gayatri Balagurunathan and T K Thiruchelwam, the Mudra Dance Company expands to over 20 performers.
Scenes of love, struggle, torture and murder are produced.
With such a daring comprehensive and extensive work, the amount of choreography required is indeed mammoth. Towards the end however, I feel that the choreography dwindles somewhat , especially in what is to be the fervent joyous festive celebration of Krishna and Rukmini’s marriage.
But the star of the show is Vivek Kinra himself. His ability to display authentic classical dance moves with such fluidity and seamless grace is second to none. Successfully obtaining a reputation for professional excellence in all that he does both nationally and internationally, Vivek Kinra, undisputedly brings a rich and complex art form to life. The love duo portrayed by Balagurunathan and Kinra is truly enchanting and very charming.
When Vivek Kinra dances his inner sublime transcends.
He is dance, he is love, he in this state, is Krishna.
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