In this double-bill, you see two dance performances, each with another style, from another contemporary choreographer, on one evening. The solo Kālī Mātā by one of the biggest talents of the Indian dance Poernima Gobardhan and the duet Through by the very talented choreographer Justin de Jager.
Whereas the Indian dance style Bharatanatyam inspired Poernima to make Kālī Mātā, Justin is an absolute pioneer in break discipline threading and manages to create a fascinating and hypnotic spectacle by endlessly threading movements. On this evening you get the chance to meet these new dance talents.
In Kālī Mātā, the intellect and the body are weighed against each other. In a world organized by order, categories and frameworks, your ability to understand things is praised. In times like these, we want to get the chaos around us under control. We do this by making well-considered choices and leaving no room for errors so that everything is clear. But what lies beyond this clarity? Beyond the intellect? Kālī Mātā departs from this clarity with the desire to go beyond it. This means entering into a battle and being willing to face the darkness that we do not know of.
As usual from Gobardhan, the movement language Bharata Natyam plays an important role in Kālī Mātā. But there is also an appearance of another form of movement that inspired the solo, Kalaripayattu, a martial art from South India. Precision in hand gestures, intense emotion and an immersive soundscape take you into this battle between the intellect and the body.
Through – Justin de Jager
In the disarming Through, the maker dissects before your eyes, the apparent ‘magic trick’ that threading seems to be. In his dance, Justin looks back on his early career as a choreographer: the lonely first steps, the fragile experiments, the struggle and doubt, the renewed inspiration and the collaboration. The solo results in a duet by Justin and his close friend and dance partner of many years, Tosca Knauf.
Credits Kālī Mātā
Concept, Choreography & Dance – Poernima Gobardhan Coach - Leo Spreksel Music - Sam van Eenbergen, Vidwan SV Giridhart Light design - Albert Tulling Costume - Jorrien Schoneveld Thanks to - Fonds Podiumkunsten en Chandenie Gobardhan
Choreography - Justin de Jager Performance - Justin de Jager, Tosca Knauf Music - Andreas Tegnander Producer - Korzo