Seven Arts Leeds is set to host an enchanting evening on November 25th at 8 pm, where the stage will come alive with the artistry of four classically trained dancers specializing in Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Manipuri and Odissi. Titled “One Dha at a Time,” this performance goes beyond the traditional to explore the intricate world of these diverse dance forms. Witness the various conventions intertwine as these dancers unveil the profound stories hidden within every ‘dha’ (1st beat of a taal or time cycle). This isn’t just a performance; it’s an opportunity to experience South Asian dance through a contemporary lens. So, come, and discover contemporary South Asian dance one dha at a time.
In “Prarambh,” Jyoti Manral delves into the origins of Kathak bols, creating a captivating exploration of sound and rhythm. Maryam Shakiba, in “We Begin with Flowers,” navigates the sacredness of space in Odissi through a traditional flower offering, inviting reflection on its collective significance. Debanjali Biswas, through “Dvidehi,” intricately weaves the tales of Amba-Shikhandi in Manipuri, blending vigorous and languid movements in a mesmerizing narrative. Lastly, Kavya Iyer challenges preconceived notions of Bharatanatyam in “(Don’t) Tell Me What Bharatanatyam Is,” leveraging 25 years of expertise to explore the classical form’s evolution within a contemporary context. Together, these performances promise an enchanting evening of exploration, innovation, and the rich tapestry of South Asian dance.