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    When the all-girls dance ensemble, High Kicks, puts a new spin on The Great Gatsby

    On February 7, expect to be transported to New York (circa 1920), as the High Kicks ensemble will be performing a new contemporary dance theatre production, The Green Light—an adaptation of Scott Fitzgerald’s classic love story, The Great Gatsby.“This is not a musical, it will be 90 per cent dance and 10 per cent theatrics. Our story’s look and feel is heavily influenced by Baz Luhrmann’s vision of New York in the 20s, as seen in his 2013 movie of the same name, and Fitzgerald’s literary genius. This will also be our most glamorous production—with all 17 dancers and seve1n special performers being styled by Jaishri’s Premium Rejuvenation and outfitted by The Gatsby Collection,”shares Aparna Nagesh, director-choreographer, whose last offering was The Seeker.
    Though there is no dress code, Nagesh is promoting the event as a black tie evening and would love people to “dress up”. To enhance the experiential quotient, Medium Rare—a band that specialises in retro, swing and jazz music—will be performing at the opening. “Honestly, just come for the dancing,” says former VJ Carey Edwards, who plays Jay Gatsby in the production. “Aparna and the girls are amazing. I’ve seen lots of performers and dance companies, but these guys take it to a whole other level in terms of creativity and ability,” he adds.
    Meanwhile, the team at High Kicks is already planning the details of their next venture, a five-day dance festival called Big Top. A festival for children and young adults, it is scheduled between April 25-29, to coincide with International Dance Day.
    Rs 200 onwards. February 7, from 7 pm, at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Hall. Details: evenjini.com
    —Anoop Menon


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