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Igor Stravinsky’s avant-garde score The Rite of Spring stunned Paris audiences when it debuted in 1913 and has been hugely influential ever since. Award-winning choreographer Seeta Patel reimagines this iconic ballet in the powerful classical Indian dance style Bharatanatyam, bridging the two technical, powerful, and evocative art forms of Western classical music and Indian classical dance.
Discover a transformative re-telling of this pagan folk story through intricate rhythmic footwork, expressive prowess, geometric and dynamic movements. Looking beyond notions of the exotic and orientalist perceptions of Eastern classical arts, and departing from gimmickry cultural baggage, the production is a celebration of life at its best. Showcasing some of the finest Indian classical dance talent from across the globe, it’s one of the most exciting flirtations between East and West in current times.
"...in her commanding and utterly convincing interpretation, Patel has created a must-see epic." Culture Whisper
"The musicality was delicious and the unified sense of purpose was palpable." Dance Europe
Duration: 40 minutes
They Call Her Home
Choreographed and Performed by Seeta Patel
This brand new work, in its first iteration, sets the scene of the journey of the Earth as The Mother, from the beginning to today as She calls for her salvation.
The work sits as a preface to The Rite of Spring and draws on motifs from the main work.
The scene is set in the ether, formless and wild. She seeks her axis upon which to turn. A path to follow. Her orbit around the Sun as the Moon orbits around her. Anchored to each other, circling, gravitating, eclipsing bodies.
Suddenly the gravity pulls, and she feels her heartbeat deep inside. She awakens, the earth splitting apart, mountains rising, clouds swirling. The rain falls upon her, forming streams, rivers, seas, oceans. The immense waves encircling her.
Duration: 15 minutes
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This is a live performance in The Place theatre.
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Choreographer and Director: Seeta Patel
Music: Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring – Rafael Fruhbecl de Burgos
Vocalist of Interlude: Roopa Mahadevan
Music Advisor: Julien Kottukapally
Costume Designer and Creator: Jason and Anshu Arora
Lighting Designer: Warren Letton
Rehearsal Director: Nadhi Thekkek/Emma Lister
Producer: Sarah Shead, Spin Arts
Sponsored by the Bagri Foundation. Co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, The Place, Birmingham Hippodrome, Curve, The Lowry, Pavilion Dance South West, Akademi and Dance4. Supported by Arts Council England, British Council, Dance City, Kala Sangam and Yorkshire Dance. The performances have been given permission by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited.
About Seeta Patel Dance
Artistic Director Seeta Patel, started her journey at the age of 10 as Bharatanatyam student, and by the age of 23 had transitioned to becoming a full time professional dancer. As an independent artist, Seeta has been very lucky to work with numerous talented choreographers, companies and collaborators over the years which has given her a diverse experience and creative inspiration. Now as the Artistic Director of Seeta Patel Dance, she looks forward to growing the pool of wonderful people The Company can work with across the globe.
Seeta is passionate about creating work that enriches artistic conversations and explores different ways of seeing the world and approaching ideas. She uses her creativity to challenge ‘othering’ for a more equitable society, socially conscientious action, discourse and provocation to address wider global issues.
Seeta’s story and the stories she shares are one reflection of this ‘global’ world. Seeta Patel Dance aims to inspire many people from different walks of life to champion diversity in the arts and contribute to a more equitable artistic landscape. The Company is committed to empowering others to follow their creative journeys with honesty, integrity and flair.
Duration: 45 mins
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Autumn Season 2021