Mithuna – A Contemporary Dance Show | 4th October 2016 | 7pm

Date(s) - 04/10/2016
7:00 pm

M L Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Delhi


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Mithuna speaks of a unique and poetic story of the troop and its dancers through the intensity of the communion and creative dialogue between East and West occurring in landscape of time.

Mithuna is a Sanskrit concept that revolves around a reflection on gender; the gender of words, of moments and of the beings.  Mithuna is about coming together of diversities and exploding confrontation of differences and their fertile and creative sowing.

The story of this company is unique and poetic and is built upon years of trust and creative practices. It is a love story between French contemporary dancers and professional Kathakali dancers of India- who were still adolescents when Leday met them- a love story between Leday and Kerala. The choreography of Mithuna draws upon the maturity and the talents of each one of the artists, not only as dancers but also as persons.

Director and choreographer Annette Leday has developed a unique approach to inter-cultural contemporary creation. After training as an actress in France, she went to India in 1978 and spent a year in Madras studying Bharata Natyam with the Dhananjayans and Kathakali at Kalakshetra with Djanardhanan Sir. She then spent several years in Kerala studying Kathakali at the Sadanam and Kalamandalam institutions, participating in performances of the two troupes in India as well as abroad. A graduate from the Institut des Langues Orientales in Paris, she speaks fluent Malayalam. Since 1988, she has directed and choreographed performances for Indian and Western dancers, actors, musicians and plasticians.