India Foundation for the Arts
Choreographed and Performed by Astad Deboo
The Arts House | December 04, 2015 | 07:00 PM
We are delighted to announce our return to Singapore this year, for a showcase – Interpreting Tagore, with IFA Grantee, choreographer and dancer Astad Deboo, on December 04, 2015, 7:00 PM at The Arts House.
SAVE THE DATE for a contemporary dance performance inspired by Tagore and powered by Astad's inimitable style!
Do join us for wine and hors d'ouevres post the performance.
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About Interpreting Tagore
Interpreting Tagore is a contemporary dance performance inspired by two poems of Rabindranath Tagore – Surrender and Awakening. The piece employs world music, movement and alternative theatre forms, as well as poetry recitation, to create the quintessential Astad Deboo experience at its multi-faceted best. Italian singer Amelia Cuni, who is also a dhrupad singer, has provided voice for the piece titled 'Surrender', in which the dancer offers his work to the almighty.
Deboo's dream for the piece, which seeks to re-interpret the work of a great artist – Tagore, is to bring the work of the great master to audiences in other parts of the world.
About Astad Deboo
Astad Deboo, a pioneer of modern dance in India, is a contemporary choreographer and dancer, who employs his training in Indian classical dance forms – Kathak and Kathakali – to create a dance form that is unique to him. His work has been seen in seventy countries and a critic sums his work as poetry in motion.
Deboo has performed at the Great Wall of China, with Pink Floyd in London, and at the 50th anniversary of the American Dance Festival. He was commissioned by Pierre Cardin to choreograph a dance for Maia Plissetskaia – prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, and has given command performances for the royal families of Japan, Sweden, Bhutan and Thailand. He was also the first contemporary dancer to perform at the Elephanta and Khajuraho festivals in India.
He works extensively with the deaf community in many cities in India, and continues his work with the Salaam Baalak Trust, New Delhi. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1996 and the Padma Shri in 2007.