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QUESTIONINGS - 2012/13
French première at the Casino Theatre in Biarritz.
The Bengali choreographer/dancer breaks all barriers and taboos in her choreography Questionings, dancing to radical Norwegian metal.
The passage from one to the other makes for an original and interesting performance - Miles from the ‘tutus’ and ‘pointes’ of the star dancers of the opera.
Specializing in Bharatanatyam and an adept of meetings of cultures, Rukmini Chatterjee this time goes much further, by confronting her art with Norwegian black metal music. Enough to turn the heads of the Gods.
It is fascinating to see how the energy and intensity of black metal corresponds to classical Indian dance.
Raw energy and emotions when metal band from the county meets Indian dance on stage at the Oslo Opera house
DECCAN HERALD, Bengaluru April 3 2012, DHNS:
... the entire recital was beautifully planned and executed, giving viewers a marvellous taste of classical beauty and contemporary energy. What was especially attractive about the recital was that neither genre lost its core appeal in any way. Rukmini Chatterjee herself claims to believe in ‘meetings’, not fusion – and a meeting this definitely was. Both the Indian and metal segments remained true to their traditions.
THE TIMES OF INDIA : Ahmedabad March 31 2012
The audience at Jai Shankar Sundari hall were left awestruck when they witnessed for the first time the meeting of Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Black metal music on a common Platform.
THE SUNDAY GUARDIAN : Delhi 1st April by Pawanpreet Kaur
Unbelievable as it sounds, for the first time ever, denizens of Delhi were treated to a rare jugalbandi of rasa, tala and bhava of Kathak and Bharatanatyam with twanging guitars, fast tempos, shrieking vocals and avant-garde song structure of black metal music.
So as rasikas of Bharatanaytam and Kathak sat tapping their feet to the beats of the tabla and the mridangam at the Kamani auditorium, there were hordes of young metal fans in the audience, howling and head-banging to the fast tempos of Nordic music.
For Chatterjee, who choreographed and directed the performance, it was an extension of her work towards bringing different art forms to communicate with each other.
THE TIMES OF INDIA : Ahmedabad April 1, 2012
Rukmini saddles between two cultures effortlessly and looks at life intimately through her dance. She doesn't even think for a nano second when she says, "I see no difference between my life and art." She comes across as an articulate and affable person whose hands move beautifully even as she makes a point with passion.
Rukmini Chatterjee’s latest dance creation is one which will make you reel in wonder.
RENCONTRE/MEETINGS - 2008/2009
SUNDAY TIMES, Delhi
Her latest show Rencontre now in India ,received an enthusiastic response in Europe. And now it’s wowing India.
THE STATESMAN, Delhi
Remarkable dialogue of cultures
Rencontre/ Meetings a classical dance show conceptualized by Rukmini Chatterjee was an electrifying experience.
And the spell was cast
Chatterjee’s performance left many a ‘connoisseur’ with throbbing hearts and tearful eye’s, with the power of dance
ENTRE CIEL ET TERRE - 2006/2007
The Apsara and the Caballero
Chatterjee beautiful Bengali Apsara allies the energy of Kathak and the grace of Bharatanatyam. Ramon Martinez impudent caballero puts up a fight on his side with a furiously earthy dance. In Chatterjee’s ‘Entre Ciel et Terre’ we do not assist at an arranged marriage between cultures, but at a performance full of well-defined challenges.
LE JOURNAL DU PAYS BASQUE
Unity and universality of traditions
A structural Anthropologist would have loved Rukmini Chatterjee’s ‘Entre Ciel et Terre’ at least as much as the house full auditorium of the municipal Casino. If a fan of Claude Lévi Strauss applied his analysis to dance, he would have met with unity and universality of these two traditions.
LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR
The ‘ Nouvel Observateur’s’ choice.
Magnificent Biarritz … Rukmini Chatterjee proposes a classical confrontation of Indian dance and Flamenco music and dance.