La Pagoda Nera





Year: 1997 / Director: Renzo Vescovi

Lecture cum demonstration

The peculiar arrangement of the performance, entitled LA DANZA DI SHIVA (Shiva’s Dance), sees that the audience is invited in the dance-theatre world through analysis and examples. This arrangement thus satisfies the double need for understanding dance and its relevance in contemporary theatrical research, and its more general function of entertainment.

Orissi Style dance
This dance style gets its name from the Orissa region in north-east India, and has ancient origins. Traditionally it was a cultural practice exclusively reserved to some priestesses, the maharis, that usually performed it in the daily Barha Singar ceremony, in which the image of the god Jagannath (to which the dance was originally dedicated) was prepared, in the late afternoon, for its night rest.
Almost unknown in the West, this dance style was rediscovered quite recently. Just at the end of the 1950s four of the most respected gurus in Orissa, basing on classical treatises and on the iconographic tradition and with the help of the most expert maharis, established the rich vocabulary of the dance style, that was since then known by the previously non-existent name of Orissi.
Since its  vey recent official birth, Orissi’s popularity grew incredibly fast, making it one of the most appreciated and studied classic Indian dances in India and in the stage culture all over the world.
Like all classic Indian dances, Orissi, still maintaining its religious imprint, is now essentially an artistic fact.   

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