LOHA / 2000 / 28 MINUTES
” The success of this new creation lies in the intelligent way contemporary language has meshed with a traditional dance that is over two thousand years old. No folkloric clichés here: the artists have totally reinvented the traditional Indian forms; matching sensual, quasi-naked movements to rhythmic percussion and voice. “
Linda Boutin, Journal Voir, 2000
Loha means “steel”. This show takes us on a tempestuous yet serene journey, portraying an image that marries resistance and malleability. The wardrobe, lighting and music as played onstage by Ganesh Anandan and Rainer Wiens come together to create a cohesive and intimate ambiance. Natasha Bakht and Roger Sinha were warmly received by both the public and critics. Eight year later, they continued this collaboration with Thread.
About the creators
Roger Sinha was born in England to an Armenian mother and an Indian father. Roger grew up in Canada where he graduated from the Toronto Dance Theatre, drawing inspiration from his cultural background to develop his unique language of movement and personal choreography. He draws his vocabulary from contemporary dance, martial arts, ballet with subtle hints of Barata-Natyam, Indian dance. “Sinha is a creative powerhouse whose onstage presence is as generous as it is captivating”- Voir, 1995. See full biography
Natasha Bakht has trained in Bharatanatyam under Dr. Menaka Thakkar of Toronto. She has danced in the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company performing primarily classical repertoire. She performed contemporary dance with the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company in London, England, a renowned company for their avant-garde indian style. Law professor in Ottawa, she also leads an impressive international dance career with complex, refined and exigent solos.
Choreography / Roger Sinha in collaboration with Natasha Bakht / Dancers / Natasha Bakht or Neelanthi Vadivel & Roger Sinha / Music / Ganesh Anandan & Rainer Weins / Lighting / Caroline Ross / Wardrobe / Vandel