Preethi Athreya débuts her new production, exploring movement and space
An abandoned boxing ring at the YMCA had fascinated dancer Preethi Athreya for the longest time. The feeling that it would be an interesting space to explore in a performance gave rise to her latest, Conditions of Carriage. “The performance is set in a pit, whose very squareness inspires it. It has many resonances—of a boxing ring, a sports arena for blood sports,” explains the trained Bharatnatyam dancer, adding, “The space also gives rise to a certain aggressiveness and vulnerability in the body.” Using that, the cast of 10 performers (comprising dancers, actors, a parkour expert and fitness enthusiasts) have explored two main physicalities, running and jumping, to spotlight the way we look at the world, and how we deal with personal and social space. “You can say a lot by doing something simple. When we explore one dimension of movement, like jumping in one place, and draw it out, it will create meaning in different ways,” says the 40-year-old, who hopes people will reflect on why they felt moved by the 45-minute abstract performance and what connection it has to their lives. With music by Paul Jacob—a sound scape with percussion, electronic and found sounds (like creaks)—it opens today.
At Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française, at 7 pm. Details: 28279803
Surya Praphulla Kumar