Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sutra Dance Theater, Downtown Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, NYC

It was a real treat to watch Sutra Dance Theater, a Malaysian contemporary dance troupe led by Guru Ramli Ibrahim, perform at the Downtown Dance Festival Finale. The group is renowned for its spellbinding choreography, and draws inspiration from Odissi. Rathimalar Govindarajoo, the lead dancer, was impressive, and received a glorious review by Alastair Macaulay in the New York Times. Click to read the article!

I observed some of the ideas (such as eroticism) being incorporated in the choreographies, which Guru Ramli Ibrahim had also explored with the participants at his three-day workshop in NYC last week organized by the Battery Dance Company. I was lucky to have been a part of this productive and inspirational workshop, and the opportunity to study under a great artiste such as Guru Ramli Ji.   

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