By JoJo Spinks
An intercultural love poem – featuring the exhilarating and powerful Classical Indian dance of Ajeesh K Balakrishnan in collaboration with Exeter talent Kay Crook.
Antara is a new production combining the extraordinary talents of Ajeesh K Balakrishnan, fresh from the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore and Exeter-based dancer Kay Crook with the words of local writer JoJo Spinks in collaboration with urban poet Steve Duncan. In a truly inter-cultural collaboration Antara celebrates diversity bringing together influences from all over the globe to create a visually stunning performance that interweaves dance and poetry to powerful effect.
A Sanskrit word for ‘between’, Antara follows the story of a young man who is trying to find peace having rejected an alien love, because she is different. The voice is that of a third generation Indian Brit and his journey to reconnect with his culture and regain his sparkling love.
Drawing on references in the ancient Vedic texts to the ‘ties’ that bind the inner and outer worlds, Antara explores the space between science and spirituality, seeking to soothe the aching disconnection of modern living.
The project has particularly benefited from the Artistic Direction of Amanda Knott, who trained at the Royal Ballet and performed with Ballet Rambert before becoming Artistic Director for professional touring company Creative Cow. Amanda said:
‘Antara mixes rhythmic, world-music with urban, British poetry. The combination of these evocative sounds fires the choreographic imagination and superbly underscores the poignant story of a bewildered young man. To balance the mix is my challenge and one I relish.’
VENUE: EXETER PHOENIX AUDITORIUM
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