To Varnam ... with Love

Touring Autumn 2021, Spring 2022 and still taking bookings

 

A story of unsettling timely relevance - about being separated from those we love. Obsession, devotion, commitment & rejection are untangled as exquisite performer Divya Kasturi reveals the 'Varnam'; a pièce de résistance of the Bharatanatyam (classical South Asian dance) repertoire.

 

A story of love, devotion and commitment; to a god, to a myth, to a way of moving and being.

 

See the trailer here

 

Set against a projections visual backdrop, this research places the Varnam, a ‘piece de resistance’ of a Bharatanatyam repertoire performance, within an ever-changing, fluid contemporary moment.

 

Personal & arresting, this dynamic tale attracts a breadth of audiences and captures artistic lineage, historical nostalgia & reverence for tradition via song, humour, dolls, projection & soul-soothing South Asian/Western choreography. 

 

Inspired by Saskia Kersenboom’s book ‘Word, Sound, Image’ (1995) and Chitra Sundaram’s performance ‘Moham – A Magnificent Obsession’ (2003). Created as part of The Place’s research and development programme Choreodrome 2017.

Credits

Choreography and performance

Divya Kasturi

 

Dramaturgy

Chris Fogg

 

Dramaturgy and movement

vocabulary

Chitra Sundaram

 

Video design

John-Marc Gowans

Marketing

Rohanne Udall

 

Music

‘Mohamana’ Varnam, composed by Ponnaih Pillai (b.1804)

Additional composition, vocals and instrumental: ‘Chitravina’ Ganesh

 

Thank you to:

Dr Avanthi Meduri, Smt. Nandini Ramani and Nina Head

To Varnam... with Love was supported as part of 
Choreodrome 2017, The Place (London).
Research and development was funded by Arts Council England, and supported by The Place, Trestle Arts Base,
Watford Palace Theatre and Akademi.
 
Sharing were presented at The Place's Touchwood showcase (September 8 2017) and as part of Fun Palace at Trestle Arts Base (October 8 2017)