Esplanade Presents | da:ns festival


The Second Sunrise

Raka Maitra and CHOWK Productions (Singapore)
14 & 15 Oct 2016Fri & Sat
1hr (no intermission)
Esplanade Theatre Studio

There will be no latecomer admissions for this performance.

There will be post performance talks with the artists on 14 & 15 Oct 2016, Fri & Sat.

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“To reprise a work in dance, any dance, is to draw from beginnings that are already fading; already dying. It is to draw from embers. The reprisal requires memory that is not merely mental. What is essential is a radical corporality; memory embedded in the body of the dancer, trained in classical dance.” Raka Maitra

The Second Sunrise is a response to contemporary Tamil poet Rudhramoorthy Cheran’s war anthology that looks at the embodied connection one has with one’s land, with one’s roots and loss. Together with artists Zai Kuning and Bani Haykal who perform the music live, and dancers from CHOWK Productions, choreographer Raka Maitra presents a work where the veneer of the present seeks to contain the impulses, motivations, and desires inherent in the original poetics of violence, trauma and displacement. The Second Sunrise is an offering of hope for the northeastern coast of Sri Lanka.

Described by Dance Europe as “without doubt a dancer of the 21st century”, Raka Maitra defies the conventional dichotomy between classical and contemporary, seeking to expand new vocabularies and contexts for odissi dance. A disciple of odissi dancer Madhavi Mudgal, Maitra was awarded the Shringarmani, a national level award for odissi. Several of her recent works have taken inspiration from Indian writers and poets.

About CHOWK Productions and Raka Maitra

Founded in 2007 by Raka Maitra, CHOWK creates artistic productions, engages in research and provides dance classes. Its vision is to be recognised internationally for creating dance that moves and speaks without borders. The basis of Maitra’s movement is both the martial arts and classical Indian dance. From 2007-2011, Raka was an associate artist with The Substation. CHOWK’s artistic productions include full-length contemporary dance works that have been commissioned by local theatres and festivals in Singapore and have toured internationally.

About da:ns festival

To all dance lovers and those curious, Esplanade’s da:ns festival invites you to fall in love with dance through a full-hearted celebration of movement this October. With powerful performances from around the world, exciting new creations and a wide range of opportunities to learn different kinds of dance, this 11-day festival will open your mind, lift your spirit and get your body moving.

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