Rukmini Chatterjee

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QUESTIONINGS - 2012/13


SUD QUEST

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.


TÉLÉRAMA

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.


AFTENPOSTEN

It is fascinating to see how the energy and intensity of black metal corresponds to classical Indian dance.


DAGSAVISEN

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.


PLATFORM MAGAZINE

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.


AHMEDABAD TIMES

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


DANSER

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.