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Year: 1988 / Director: -

Indian classical dance-drama Orissi style.

The performance is a composition of classical pieces taken from the repertory of Orissi, a style that takes its name from the homonymous Indian State: Orissa. Its intense and subtle charm springs from the particular form of mysticism, brimming with soft sensuality, which inspired the priestesses of Jagannath, the great deity of Orissa (north-east India) to whom the dance had originally been dedicated. The representation has its canonical beginning with the Mangalacharana, a sort of danced prayer. The heart of the performance consists in moments of pure dance (Batu and several kinds of Pallavi) and recited dance (Abhinaya). The abhinaya are generally the translation, in the charming language of the Indian dance-drama, of some of the most passionate lyrics of love of the Gita Govinda, the mystic-erotic collection of poems by Jayadeva, the great Indian medieval poet. The closing piece is the Moksha, a brief piece of pure dance with a great choreographic charm, which is the traditional test of the technical ability of the dancer.
As in the Indian custom, every piece is preceded by a brief verbal presentation that illustrates its essential characteristics. After its presentation in New Delhi, Times of India critics was: “Italian born to Indian dance”.


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