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    Dance production Heartbreak Hotel explores city life after dark

    Chaotic, vibrant and mysterious, the idea of urban nightlife forms the setting for Heartbreak Hotel, a mixed media production by Keya Ann D’Souza, a trained dancer from Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (ACMA). “I was invited by the Bremen Theatre to perform in their production, Belleville, and was in Germany for six months. It was there that I met a few artistes, who were interested to come to India to perform,” explains D’Souza.
    Named after a bar, the artistes would hang out in after rehearsals in Bremen, the production is also partly inspired by the Elvis Presley song, Heartbreak Hotel, which talks about broken hearts and relationships. “The content deals mainly with relationships and the odd bonds, friendships and romantic links you form in life, all from the perspective of life after dusk,” she shares.
    The stories are told entirely through dance, with an abstract narrative that is played in the background, leaving a lot to the imagination of the audience. Even the setting is experimental with the audience sitting around the stage, making it a more immersive experience. “It’s a collage stitched together through song, dance and supporting visuals that reflect the panorama of nightlife in any big city,” says Tilo Schreieck, co-director and the man behind the light installations, which are a representation of neon street lights.
    The contemporary dances will be performed by D’Souza herself, along with Denny Paul, from ACMA, Sahiba Singh of Nivesaa Studio, Lional Linshoy from Kerala and Niranjan Harish of Nritarutya. The music, all original just like the rest of the performance, is by EDM DJ Martin Basman from Bremen and percussionist Anand Bhagat from Mumbai. The production will be performed in six scenes with pantomime and theatrical elements in between the dances, though there are no spoken dialogues whatsoever. “The whole idea is to get our point across through our body language and music,” elaborates D’Souza, who is making her directorial debut with this show. The costumes are casual and easy, in keeping with the nightlife theme, with the setting and format being the main draws. “It was quite an eye opening experience putting it all together and I hope the audience feels the same way too, after watching it,” she signs off.
    September 2 and 3. At Alliance Francaise, Vasanth Nagar.
    For tickets (`300) call 9611995709.
    —Rashmi Rajagopal

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