DIG: Abhinaya Dance Academy | Pancha Dala (Five Petals)
Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Stories, Pancha Dala is five magical stories told through Bharatanatyam classical dance style from South Asia. With a modern - even Scottish – touch, they follow the age-old themes of life, love, and loss. Most pieces are accompanied by traditional Indian Carnatic music. These dances emulate the spirit of southern India.
Discover the ancient story of a young Lord Krishna overcoming the serpent Kaliya, the dreaded, multi-hooded snake. Find out how Lord Vishnu - half man, half lion - deals with the demon King Hiranyakashipu. The Scottish tragedy of a young chieftain who falls in love with a lowly maiden is retold through beautiful Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance, while another dance honours the Indian soldiers who fought and died in World War 1 for the British Empire, as told through the eyes of a loving mother.
This beautifully presented programme of storytelling through dance is suitable for all ages. Why not buy a discounted family ticket?
‘It was the best Indian dance performance we have ever had … beautifully executed’ (InterFaith Scotland on Abhinaya Dance Academy)
ACCESS: Performance is captioned. Highly visual, with no or little text.
Especially suitable for Subpacs. To request a Subpac, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Featuring flashing lights, and one loud noise like gun shots. Includes themes of war and death.
Running Time: 2 hrs 10 minutes (including interval)
Suitable for all ages
Pancha Dala was created and choreographed by Smt Esther Sunija Binu
Funded and supported by Creative Scotland, CBFS , Abhinaya Dance Academy, Whitebridge Financial Services, Tramway, The Work Room, Dupont Associates and Gilbrot Accountancy.
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