DANCE PEACE – Performance by story dancer Zuleikha

Zuleikha, a perfomer from America, presented her take on storydancing. She either danced sort of Kathak-fusion to songs / music or narrated simple stories herself and danced along.


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Zuleikha - Story Dancer

Venue: Epicenter, Gurgaon

Storydancing is a very old tradition of India. We know it by the different names – the classical Kathak (etymology of “Kathak” – “katha” / narrative) or the folk Pandavani (singing of Mahabharat tales, traditionally from the Indian state of Chhatisgarh).

Zuleikha, a perfomer from America, presented her take on storydancing. She either danced sort of Kathak-fusion to songs / music or narrated simple stories herself and danced along.

She said that the goal was to achieve peace, inside and outside, through free uninhabited movements. Her costumes were colorful and pretty and the production was impressive and pleasant.

This was a statement to all those who demand definitions for everything (“story dance” – what!)

The Verdict

7.8Good

The Good: Costumes | Simple and uninhibited dance movements | Great music | Silly Goose story was very cute | Zuleikha’s expressions for a girl obsessed with her good looks were great | The Whirling Darvish dance track was nice

The Bad: Some of the Dance performances were just dance without a definite story


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