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Thrayaa (2009)

Dance Ihayami production
Premiere: August 2009, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Combining rhythmic footwork and beautiful gestures with traditional and contemporary music, Thrayaa explores the power of the trinity: Satyam (Truth), Shivam (Goodness) and Sundaram (Beauty).

Review:

"As the dancers from 3 Thrayaa burst onto the stage in a blaze of colour, vibrancy and movement, a delicious perfume wafts through the air. Watching them dance, I imagine, must be akin to the experience of visiting India, the birth-place of this dance; it’s a feast for the senses. Their costumes alone are a visual delight, from the colour and sheen of the material to the adornments on neck, ankle, arm and face.

 

3 Thrayaa could be described as a delightful introduction to Indian dance. What has the potential to become slightly repetitive to the untrained eye and ear is cleverly structured into three sections celebrating the Hindu Trinity – Creation, Preservation and Destruction, manifested physically as Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

Feet stomp and ring with the sound of bells. The intricate control of movement expressed through head and hands are impressive - the coy movement of the eyes and neck are particularly charming. There is such energy in the hands as well: moving to rest in a sharp defined position, at others time soft, unfurling like the lotus flower.

An understanding of Indian dance would no doubt attribute greater meaning to the dances; however, this knowledge is not essential, as some dances follow a narrative line such as the playful re-enactment of the Krishna and the Gopis or ‘Dashavatharam’ which brings to life the ten incarnations of Vishnu. Likewise, while most of the music sounds traditional, other songs have a modern interpretation and are therefore more accessible. With a nice twist, the music in ‘Pure’ and ‘Celtic Feet’ is infused with Celtic rhythms, uniting the Indian dance with Scottish sounds; perfect for the Edinburgh Fringe.

What is really enjoyable is that the dancers are enjoying themselves, and this makes for a really good show. Priya Shrikumar dances with a serene power and strength and is ably joined by five others who dance with confidence. It’s good to leave a show with spirits uplifted, which is what this dancing does."

Susannah Radford, FringeGuru, August 2009