Travelogue: Of snow and Spiti
In the 21st century, where the Internet and TV has occupied our minds and hearts, is there any relevance whatsoever for the LIVE entertainments shows, particularly the most traditional one - Circus? With increasing restrictions on use of animals and clamour for a complete ban, circuses are evolving new ways to survive and modernise themselves to suit the demands of a contemporary society. New experimental forms like Cirque du Soleil have captured the imagination of many, but traditionalist for whom it is a ‘way of life’, are still putting their time, money and effort to keep the tradition alive. And, one such attempt is CIRCUS FANTASIA, which is braving the odds and is travelling in the UK to create their own identity on the circuit. Through my project I have tried to capture the lives of these feisty performers who have come together as UK’s newest circus, entertaining people with their own brand of creativity.
Mandeep Raikhy, introduces us to his new choreography, Angular Displacement, at Gati dance forum in New Delhi. The choreography was conceived in response to a work by Japanese artiste Zan Yamashita. Raikhy, believes his job is to string together a narrative logic without telling the audience any one linear story through dance