True to its title, the dance performances derive their concepts from varying Indigenous roots that act as nurturing grounds for contemporary styles to weave around tradition. Combining solos and duets, Lineage consists of differing ‘acts’: Nritya Roopa, Dark Dream, and A Dip For Narcissus.
In Nritya Roopa, Aruna Gandhimathinathan and Shruti Ghosh combine Bharatanyam and Kathak. This story-telling piece deals with “emotion(s) of a girl”, and is a “beautiful interpretation of two distinct traditional dance styles blended in a unique way,” says Gandhimathinathan.
Dark Dream, performed by Thomas E.S Kelly and Carl Tolentino, deals with contemporary and Indigenous motifs and explores the hidden world of dreams and nightmares. As Kelly says, it’s an “insight to a nightmare with infinite possibilities yet without any control.”
A Dip For Narcissus is a surreal story-telling piece that looks at mythology and cultural dance practices with the acclaimed artist at its helm, Tammi Gissell, describing it as “highly personal but accessible… funny but it’s very sad at the same time… it’s almost dreamlike!”
Lineage is set to be a cultural evening that will witness the passing of generation’s old art forms that transcend borders, time and era. (JR)
May 23-25, Lennox Theatre, Parramatta Riverside, Church St, Parramatta, $28, 02 8839 3399, riversideparramatta.com.au
BY JOSEPH RANA