Choreographed by Ashley Lobo
Amaara grips you from the moment two figures in a sensuous embrace let go of the clasp. At first, the atmosphere is suffused with sultriness, with dancers sashaying in flowy red and turquoise attires, music matching their lithe balletic moves. Is it another enchanting, dramatic ride through love’s luminous corridors? But Amaara packs in more with its grand, energetic performances. It is a journey of love, where lovers are torn between two worlds—lust, confusion and the pain of separation. Inspired by myriad dance forms—classical ballet, Indian classical, folk, international contemporary and Bollywood, the dancers explore movement through connectivity, yoga, breath and touch. Then there’s vivid theatrics—someone trapped in her paramour’s spell uses her vigorously twirling body to speak of her entrapment and a group of women with haunted eyes change their attires in a frenzied, chameleon-like fashion. And there’s a joyous love-making act in a carnivalesque atmosphere. Ashley Lobo has worked in foreign productions and Bollywood, but Amaara is his tour de force, where the raw, abstract or sublime facets of love shine through in a shamanic space.