Curated by: Ashley Lobo & Navdhara India Dance Theatre
Agni was originally commissioned by Yair Vardi, Director of the prestigious Suzanne Dellal Centre in Israel, where it also had its International Premiere last year and opened their International Season.
"Agni" in Sanskrit is Fire. Fire is a symbol of destruction and purification, beginnings and endings. It gives light yet destroys to the point of darkness. In today’s context, as passions arise, personal and political walls are destroyed and new ones built constantly.
In this dance theatre piece, the dancers use Ashley Lobo's "Prana Paint™" technique to explore the concept of "agni", the body, and death in its various manifestations as they take the audience on their own personal journey. A journey of "fire" that needs to be experienced more than seen. Felt more than understood.
About the artist
Ashley Lobo - Artistic Director, Navdhara India Dance Theatre
Ashley Lobo's career in the performing arts comprises of over 32 years of experience in performing, choreographing, and teaching, both in India and overseas. He got trained in Australia at the Bodenweiser Dance Centre (under the late Margaret Chapple) and at the much-reputed Sydney Dance Company in Classical Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary styles of dance. He is also a qualified Yoga teacher.
He is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Danceworx Academy, which has studios in New Delhi and Mumbai. And he is the developer of Prana Paint and Flow, a unique sensitizing approach that explores movement through connectivity, yoga, breath, and touch.
Navdhara India Dance Theatre
Ashley Lobos contemporary dance company Navdhara Indian Dance Theatre(NIDT) NIDT is a well-established contemporary dance company who has toured India and globally. All dancers have a strong western dance technique and this is then combined with indigenous tools like yoga, ancient Indian movement, meditations, and Indian classical and folk dance, to create a unique blend that just is. A movement style that is neither eastern nor western in nature, but completely universal.
The Black Box
We request you to bring warm clothes as it gets chilly inside the Black Box as temperatures need to be controlled at optimum levels as per technical requirements
Food, beverages and water are strictly prohibited inside the Black Box. Please do not carry them in your bags either
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
Please do come at least 15 minutes prior to the show and enjoy a good cup of coffee at PORT
No Late Entries will be allowed
Latecomers can only be allowed in at intermission or at an appropriate pause in the program and as per the instructions of the organizers