Women Are From Venus

SRISHTI has teamed up with Mavin Khoo, guest choreographer, who is known for his combination of extremely classical with blatantly contemporary, to present two contrasting works for Woman Are From Venus…

Shringara is a solo created for Nina Rajarani and four musicians. The mood of the work aims to explore a starkness that is far removed from the romanticism often linked with Indian classical dance.  Shringara is a work that leads itself to the Western perception of Venus, that of the planet being the ruling preceptor for love.

Shukra is an abstract work that celebrates the planet Venus within the Hindu aesthetic. In Hinduism, the planet is personified as a male force, the guru of the antigods according to Hindu Mythology. This piece brings Nina together with four male Bharatanatyam dancers and four musicians.  

Artistic Direction: Nina Rajarani
Choreographer: Mavin Khoo
Music Composer (Shukra): Rajkumar Bharati
Lighting Designer: Michael Mannion
Costume Designer: Belinda Ackermann

2005 Tour Venues:

British Council, Chennai
Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum (Soorya International Festival)
Kinkini Festival, Bangalore
Habitat Center, New Delhi

Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham
Playbox Theatre, Warwick
21 South Street Arts Centre, Reading
Redbridge Drama Centre, Woodford
Paisley Arts Centre, Scotland
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
The Playhouse, Alnwick
Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead
Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford
Harrow Arts Centre, Middlesex
Arc Theatre, Stockton on Tees
The Place Theatre, London
The Michaelis Dance Theatre, London
Artsdepot, Barnet
Queens Theatre, Hornchurch
The Mill Studio at Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford
The Lighthouse, Poole
Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester
The Hawth, Crawley
Key Theatre, Peterborough
Phoenix Arts, Leicester

Audience Quotes:

“I felt transported away from my ‘normal day’ to a place of sensory delight” (Diana Attridge, February 2005)

“Tremendous musicians, coordination and artistry”, (Mr Evans, March 2005)

Press Quotes:
"Emotive, sensitively danced”, (Evening Standard, March 2005)

“poetry in Motion” (BBC, March 2005)

“The most brilliant Indian dance programme I have seen for a very long time.”  (The Stage, March 2005)