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Thursday , November 8 , 2012
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In The Shadow, the second piece, was choreographed by dance great Akram Khan. It was all about the internal struggle of human feelings and emotions
The third act, Cut, was an abstract Russell Maliphant and Michael Hulls piece with perfect synchronisation of movement and light

Aakash Odedra, a British dancer of Indian origin, performed four acts titled Rising presented by British Council at GD Birla Sabhagar on Tuesday. A trained Kathak dancer who later expanded his dance horizon with extensive contemporary training, Akash explained how “these dances expand who I am” and how “performing them helps me grow and break away and push my limits”.

Push limits he sure did as all four acts had different attitudes, tone, musicality and variation in dancing styles. The performance ended with a standing ovation from the audience, who were introduced to new ideas of using space and light in stage performances.

The first act was Odedra’s own choreography — a Kathak piece which focuses on the growth, change and development of the dance as an art form

The dancer also conducted a workshop and talk with the students of Tanusree Shankar Dance Academy, Priti Patel and a few other independent dancers on Monday. Apart from briefing the students about his performance, Odedra, also trained the dancers in some core contemporary dance moves and techniques.

Aakash showed certain exercises and a routine which revolved around strengthening core muscles, movement, fluidity and flexibility. The dancers watched him closely to learn the new form of dance that Aakash brought with him.

“Each piece needs me to shift my thought, emotion and state of mind. It is not only physically challenging but emotionally challenging as well to perform four different pieces from different backgrounds and styles,” said Aakash, during the workshop.