Hofesh Shechter Company, one of the UK’s most exciting dance groups, makes its debut this week in the Pearl City, Hyderabad.
With excitement building inside we waited at the Kamaraj International Airport, Chennai, to welcome the musicians who were on a nine-hour flight from London. The group arrived and appeared as excited as us and raring to go.
Norman, the leader of the group, was a storehouse of energy apparent in the way he moved around. Dominic Goundar alias Raju was excited to be touching home base. Probing him about the roots of his name, we were absorbed by the story about his forefathers being from the South of India, then they moving to Fiji, Australia and later settling in the UK.
Joseph Ashwin, the last name, you ask curiously. Well, that’s just an ironic coincidence he says, and I get that a lot. Jo then goes on to elaborate the incident at an Indian store when the shopkeeper assesses him against the identity card… nothing like an ‘Ashwin’ he says and no connection to India.
At the breakfast table, the troupe eagerly experiment with dosas!
They are excited about their debut in India and are rehearsing meticulously and we are more than excited to watch them at Shilpakala Vedika on Friday!
The tour starts today and it is gaining momentum with every passing hour…. Hyderabad, be ready to be awestruck and held spellbound.
Blog by Rajeswari Pradeep Kumar
British Council launches Impulse – Contemporary dance from the UK, Season 2 with a performance of Political Mother by Hofesh Shechter Company. For more details visit www.britishcouncil.in/impulse2.