The fourth edition of Indo-European Dance Festival concluded with a beautiful evening of Indian and Russian artistes dancing to the classical tunes of both the nations.
While there were Kathak recital and Nritya Sangam by Indian dancers, Russian artistes performed Round Dance. Russian Sailors’ Dance by Indian school students won the hearts and appreciation of the audience.
The evening opened with a Russian Dance by School of Russian Classical Ballet performed on instrumental music. Young girls dressed up in traditional wear, with a handkerchief in one hand and donning a special headgear, performed this specific dance that is considered to be folk or country dance.
Then came the energised Russian Sailors’ Dance, the origin of which lies in the Red Poppy Ballet created in 1927. It was performed by students of Delhi Public School, Dwarka. Five girls and five boys, dressed in a combination of silver and blue, showcased fine foot-tapping skills to pacy tunes. Both the performances won the youngsters huge rounds of applause.
The dance festival, organised by Alaknanda Institute for Performing Arts (AIPA), at Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) is the result of culture and knowledge exchange, combining workshop training and stage performances by artistes from India and Europe.
Nrityashri Alaknanad, founder and Director of AIPA, said, “I believe that all classical art forms will die if we don’t pass it on to the next generation. It feels so nice to see young Indian boys doing Russian dances so well. That’s the whole purpose of this festival.”
The longest performance was Baroque Dance from Poland, choreographed by Romana Agnel and performed by two male and two female dancers. It is dance of the Baroque era (roughly 1600–1750 century) and is closely linked with Baroque music, theatre and opera. Often referred to as social and theatrical dance, this style has greatly influenced dancing in ballrooms and theatres throughout Europe.
Kusum Kanojia, Feb 27, 2013, DHNS