Malavika Sarukkai in Thari-The Loom

November 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Kennedy Center
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566
Malavika Sarukkai in Thari-The Loom @ Kennedy Center  | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

In its U.S. premiere, November 9–10, preeminent dancer choreographer and one of India’s living masters, Malavika Sarukkai’s newest ensemble production, Thari – The Loom, traces the history and legacy of the handwoven Indian “unstitched garment,” the sari. The distinguished Bharatanatyam interpreter’s choreography explores the fundamental concepts that are shared between two seemingly different but essentially connected disciplines of dance and weaving: space, structure, motif, symmetry proportion, relationship, and alignment with a refreshed movement vocabulary.  Unique to this production, is the dance narrative which rests on the authentic sound of the handlooms recorded from homes of master weavers in the legendary temple town of Kancheepuram, South India. Through inventive dance design, the narrative unfolds the design and play of thread. Dancers spin, stretch, and intertwine to weave the sari in all its splendor. With specially commissioned music by C.V. Chandrasekhar, Sai Shravanam, and Aditya Prakash, and creative elements from filmmaker Sumantra Ghosal, the work also features lighting design by GyanDev Singh. Symbolizing the warp and the weft, the work delves into the interplay between the eternal and the changing, assuming mythic and philosophical dimensions as the sari becomes a metaphor for life itself.