A short chronicle of "Ananda Tandava" 'S MOST significant dance events.
In every concert lecture we try to reveal some new side of the
classic dance art of the ancient India. We familiarize the audience
with Gods and the ways they are portrayed in dance, with the art of
abhinaya (pantomime), reveal the secrets of ritual temple divine
worships. What is so important for us about the April 21 lecture? It
was the first time that we showed the way the classic temple art of
dance can go with the times without losing its sacral properties. We
presented two compositions. The first was born as the result of
cooperation with the Irish dancers: Irish music, French lyrics and
abhinaya in full accordance with the classic canons of dance. The
second was a technical composition in Kuchipudi style but under the
accompaniment of electronic trance music.
Can you imagine what it looks like? Then keep you eye on the
schedule of our concerts at The Museum of the Oriental Arts. We are
going to repeat the experiment!
The action takes place in a Magic land at the palace of the Lord.
Each morning 4 main paries: Topaz, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald greet
him with dances and floral tributes. But one day the Lord of Pary's
favorite Emerald is late for the daily ceremony. O god, does she fly
outside the magic country! Her friends suspect the most terrible
thing: she is in love with a mortal man!!!
Do you want to know what happened next? See.
TV Channel. Making a film for the program "Moscow. The application
Whatever they may say, it is sometimes nice to see yourself on TV!
Then all the friends call you and wonder: "You don't say! We thought
Indian dance was the exposing of a bare belly and hips playing! And
it is really so serious with you, sophisticated finger gestures+cool!"
You just swell with pride!
Television is good!
It is winter. Snow lays everywhere. There are biting frosts outside
and it is 30 below zero+.
But we are in the hotel with an exotic name "Foresta
Tropicana"! We have our own small India
here, we are warm and having fun!
A junction of the two most ancient cultures, Indian and Chinese.
A cozy atmosphere of a Chinese tea club! You lie on small pillows
enjoying taste and smell of elite highland tea+ You feel absolutely
pacified. And then we suddenly and out of the blue burst into. We
are bright, shining, dynamic and we start jumping, spinning and
stamping with our feet! A hurricane! Everyone is absolutely
delighted except for a few "true" ministers of the tea cult. They
could never understand what all that quick jumping and energy losing
was for if you can lie in comfort, drink tea and do not move...)
Besides us there also were oriental dancers and a fire show! We were
so eager to make photos against the background of their flares but
unfortunately photoflashes were much brighter, that's why you can
only guess about the flares.
Just imagine how wonderful 15 dancers of Indian classic dance in
full make up and bright costumes look together!
To organize such an event we had to involve other groups besides our
of Bharatnatyam style, "Tarang"
of Kathak style and Odissi. Janna Friske who was preparing for the
same event couldn't resist and sat herself in the lotus pose just to
make a picture with us.
Whatever they say, it is with flying colors that one dances on a
clear and sunny day in the open air and on the bank of Klyazma
reservoir! It is hardly a coincidence that all dance performances in
India take place on a square near a temple. The Hindus are the
This was the first joint concert where 3 different schools of Indian
classic dance: Kuchipudi, Odissi and Bharatnatyam united. It was the
beginning of the close cooperation that developed into the annual
cycle of concert lectures in the Museum of the Oriental Arts.
Now the plot thickens! This time the cable TV became interested in
us! The director of photography expressed willingness to try his
hand at a not so easy genre. See what came out of this!
There! The high-ranking officials took notice of us! Hurrah! At last
our "hard" labor in the blessed field of Indian classic dance
attracted attention of the local authorities...
Pushkin's square. An open air stage, below is the crowd of
enthusiastic connoisseurs of art. How beautiful it is! It appears
that dancing 4 dances in a raw in the open air is that simple.
What does Kuchipudi start from?
Of course it starts with hard work in class! Eyes are beaming with
happiness, smiles on faces but don't be under delusion that it's all
that simple! Just try to sit in a plie pose for a couple of minutes,
and now imagine what it takes to dance in this position for two
hours (standard duration of a class). This is a great exercise
stress! But the bravest and the most resistant ones will get the
incomparable joy of "complete possession of your own body".
This was the last time that I, Eleonora Levanskaya, took part in a concert
as a student! Indian dance company "Natyalayam" under the guidance of V.
Krishnaradj became my last step before transition to absolutely new state
of "the head of "Ananda Thandava" studio" that I am up to this day.
We are few but all are in Indian costumes!
This concert with me as a member of no longer existing ensemble of Indian
dance "Andjali" under the guidance of I.
Strakhovenko became my stage debut.