A dark stage, complete quiet, and the music begins from somewhere deep within our hearts. The soulful music is slowly accompanied by the sound of feet adorned with the traditional kathak anklets.
Joyful unrestrained dancing was completed by joyful unrestrained music played live. This was a performance where each artiste knew their part, lived their part and played it to perfection. Getting the audience to feel every nuance, every flick of the hand, every turn of the head, every smooth spin. Our bodies were doing the dance, our hands were playing the cello, our hearts were beating in time with the percussion and our voices were singing the songs.
Akram Khan’s Gnosis was a landmark show and what better way to begin Impulse. Gnosis is performed for the last time today in Delhi and people are clamouring for seats.
Every move, every expression and every bit of the music and dancing is branded onto my brain and has left all of us who watched the show speechless. Akram Khan has recieved a standing ovation in every city and rightfully so.
Impulse – the influence of a particular feeling or mental state. What better word to describe a dynamic, versatile season of dance. A season that explores all the avenues of dance and dance performance including the process of putting together a production.
Performance, teaching, artistic connections and building relationships. All of these are key factors in “impulse”.
Right from the conceptualisation stage to the launch and process, impulse has resembled a flexible rubber ball, bending and shifting shape to accept and incorporate new ideas, thoughts and processes in the field of contemporary dance.
A unique opportunity for young dancers, choreographers and arts organisations to meet, interact with and learn from established and world renowned contemporary dancers from the UK, impulse is setting the trend for a new movement in dance in India. The time is ripe for change and growth in the dance sector in India and impulse comes at the right time to feed and nurture young minds in contemporary dance.