An unmissable treat in store for dance lovers

Dance Ihayami will be performing at Penfest
Dance Ihayami will be performing at Penfest

Dance Ihayami – Scotland’s classical Indian dance company – will present its new work, Silent Space, at Macarts in Galashiels on Thursday, October 27.

In this show renowned choreographer and dancer Priya Shrikumar explores the interaction between the voices and the body of the performers, both responding to music and silence.

Drawing deeply from the tradition of South Asian dance, performers both instigate and respond to sound, and its absence, through movement.

Ihayami means ‘I am here’. Because it is what I am doing – Dance, I am here!

It crosses the boundaries which exist between traditional and contemporary Indian dance.

The company’s vision is to enrich the Scottish national repertoire of dance, and engage people of all ages and backgrounds in Indian classical and contemporary dance as audience, artists and participants.

Silent Space examines the infinite capacity of the human being to imagine, dream, play and improve on our physical and spiritual conditions.

With an ensemble of exceptional dancers and Scotland-based flautist Marion Kenny, Silent Space is set to be an unforgettable spectacle of evocative rhythms, technical precision and striking geometry of Bharatanatyam, one of the oldest classical Indian dance forms.

It is practiced by both men and women and is often referred to as a “fire dance”.

The company performance will be followed by a short classical Indian dance workshop. Anyone is welcome to join in and try Bharatanatyam movements, hand gestures and facial expressions.

Bharantanatyam style is noted for its fixed upper torso, legs bent or knees flexed out combined with spectacular footwork, a sophisticated vocabulary of sign language based on gestures of hands, eyes and face muscles.

Indian dance is a great way to get fit and healthy, so come along and give it a try.

Doors open at 7pm and the performance begins at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £10 and £8.

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