COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE
Combining post-modern choreographic structures and classical Indian dance vocabularies, "Ganga...Life as a River"
stunningly illustrates how experimentation can be rooted in and flow
organically out of so-called "traditional" dance. The highly
accomplished dancing was presented in a way that managed to be both
accessible and engaging to a Western audience while resisting the frames
of the "authentic," the "ethnic," and the "exotic."
Anthea Kraut, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Dept. of Dance, U of California, Riverside, CA
For the non-Indian audience members it was "my favorite production, more accessible because there was room for interpretation."
Alison Paige Student, UCLA Business School, Los Angeles, CA
Thank you for the marvelous concert. We enjoyed it immensely. The
Bhimpalas Tarana at the end has long been one of my favorites and it was
wonderful to see what you have done with it.
Dr. Robert Garfias, Dept. of Anthropology, U of California, Irvine. CA
enjoyed it (esp. the first and last piece). It's interesting because
much of it felt like I was watching modern dance even though I could
recognize Bharata Natyam movements. I like the last one because I never
knew where to look. It was so chaotic with everyone doing their own
thing until it all converged at the end."
V Prasad, Film Director, Los Angeles, CA
was poignant, soulful, universal, heartbreaking and magnificent. You
are truly wonderful to treat the audience to timeless revelations in
such an elegant manner with sumptuous lighting. Wishing you many more
Amy Ellison, Arts Program coordinator, San Bernardino School District
The choreography and costumes gave me a feeling of liberation. Let Ganga flow and thrive.
Rajam Ramamurthy, Doctor/Dance lover, San Antonio, TX
husband and I would like to congratulate you on your experiment with
the traditional art form of Bharata Natyam. We thought you succeeded in
presenting the ancient and revered river Ganga as a metaphor for the
birth, growth, evolution and ultimate liberation of a woman.
Aruna and Venkatesh Adivi, San Antonio, TX
think of the culture of India, I think of a very long history deeply
rooted in the arts, the sciences, languages... - very intellectual AND
spiritual. I feel GANGA portrayed that beautifully. The thoughtfulness,
the intricacy and the detail that went into the concert - WOW... just
obvious and amazing. The piece that really related to my life now was
the dancers chanting through their daily activities. I call it "being
on a hamster wheel". You get so busy that you don't know if you are
coming or going. I found myself BOTH laughing & crying...it was so
true to my life! The river is a perfect metaphor for life!
Brigid Kelly, Las Vegas, NV
modern and contemporary dancer and choreographer, I've always loved to
explore and be exposed to many forms of dance for my inspiration. Many
aspects of nurturing, discovery, flowing, finding strength within,
questioning, bringing peace to our everyday lives transitioned through
the pieces. All the themes related to my life at the different stages
I've lived. The river felt to me as the safe place to go where one is
heard, understood, loved and accepted for who one is as a woman and what
we each collectively bring to this planet through our gifts, loves and
talents. Ganga also represented replenishment, watering one's face to
rejuvenate, wash away, cleanse to move forward and start anew,
refreshed, regenerated, supported. I loved the choreographed
progression, starting with the early years of a child and through
progression of womanhood. Gave the continuum of life and Ganga insight
from it's core.
Lisa A. Spencer, Visionary Cultivator, Las Vegas, NV