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Friday 24 March
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In a nutshell
An evening of solo Bharatanatyam by Sooraj Subramaniam, showcasing new choreography woven with timeless classical repertoire.
In this specially curated event by Akademi, Sooraj Subramaniam performs his first evening of solo Bharatanatyam recital Margam enthralling the audiences through a series of dances, including his own choreography. The performance will be enhanced by a stellar ensemble of live traditional Carnatic music.
Margam, meaning path or way, refers to the traditional format in which solo Bharatanatyam has been performed since the early-19th century. The dancer takes the audience on a journey, guiding them through rhythmic musical patterns, nuanced expressive mime, complex emotional narratives and scintillating pure dance.
Originating in the temples of south India, Bharatanatyam uses the central theme of love where the soloist employs highly stylised gestures and facial expressions to convey love-in-separation, devotion, anxiety and a range of other emotions.
What to Expect
A soloist will present a series of dances in the Bharatanatyam style spanning a full evening. The dances may be interspersed with brief explanations and demonstration of specific gestures. A live Carnatic music ensemble will complement the performance.
Akademi: Akademi are a cutting-edge organisation working to enhance the practice, understanding and appreciation of South Asian dance in the UK. It aims to inspire audiences and change lives by creating and nurturing excellence in classical, contemporary, popular and participatory South Asian dance.
Sooraj Subramaniam: Sooraj is trained in the Indian classical dance styles of Bharatanatyam and Odissi, and later on in classical ballet and contemporary dance forms. He continued classical ballet training in Australia and graduated from the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts, at Edith Cowan University. Concurrently, he co-directed Mudhra Dance Company teaching and performing Indian classical and contemporary dance.
What people are saying
'His solo showed real skill and beauty.' Brian Seibart, New York Times
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Things you should know
Suitable for ages 5+
Latecomers welcome between performances.
This event is wheelchair accessible.