For her Fringe debut, California-based bharatanatyam dancer, Mythili Prakash, presents ‘Natyam’, a homage to the South Indian classical dance form in which she is trained. With the musicians in place – three men on violin, vocals and mridangam – the performance begins with Suraya, an invocation to the energy of the Sun and, indeed, of the dancer and her ensemble. In a costume of glistening gold, green and red, Prakash takes to the microphone to address her audience and explain the story that follows which she depicts through mudras hand gestures. A perfect circle of light marks Prakash’s space, centre stage, a shape which creates symmetry between the moving body and shadow. A breathtaking performance which captures the heart and soul.
Dance Base, 16-25 Aug (not 20), 7.00pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Lucinda Al-Zoghbi]