CENDANA OUTREACH PROGRAM TO BE LAUNCHED IN 2020
2ND TEDX TALK
DUSK TO DAWN
Dusk To Dawn – Was staged for In Pieces series 2 for four nights (31st Oct to 3rd Nov 2019) at Masakini Theatre Company’s black box – Ramli Hassan Studio.
I discovered Gisnervern Arikrishnan (Gish) who calls himself HSIG on Facebook sometime earlier this year. I was first intrigued by his amazing weight loss journey, and only later discovered his mellifluous talent of singing. His mimicry of Kamal Hassan brought goosebumps, a flood of emotions, and somewhat felt like as if I had an epiphany! His singing of Kamal’s Kanmani song kept urging me to find a way to collaborate a dance work with him…
Coincidentally, WeiJun requested me to make a new work for his In Pieces series, and deciding on making a work with Gish was just inevitable!
When I approached Gish with the idea, he was ecstatic and humbled by the offer, though nervous and anxious and zero experience in theatre, he agreed immediately and begun brainstorming concepts and themes for the work.
I’ve worked with other musicians, singers and music directors before, and it was always been a great challenge collaborating. With gish, I was surprised at how smoothly the process flowed, ideas came together effortlessly, and as dance and music merged, we built a deep bond as true friends. We shared about our life experiences, and talked hours and hours (dusk to dawn) about love – love in in the form of connections and relationships. Love in all forms. This was when we decided that the work should be about it.
Two weeks prior to the show date, Gish lost his furry friend Dino. The passing away of his dog brought intense emotional grief that made us all feel Gish would never be able to stage the show. Master Ramli, Madam Sabera, WeiJun, Geethika and I gave Gish the support he needed, and in turn Gish turned his grief into passion. True emotions flowed in him as he created the script and music of Dusk To Dawn…
The first night of the show, Gish broke down in tears. He was grateful for the opportunity to finally show his art to an appreciative audience. The applaud he received gave him confidence, strength and encouragement. He said to me that night that this (applaud) is exactly what he lives for… To be appreciated and loved…
I cannot explain how deep this whole experience has been for me. Witnessing your experience in our process in creating Dusk To Dawn has inspired me not just in dance but in life! Little did I know that our support would have such a great impact in you… blessings to you, carry it on your shoulders and keep your head up (but stay humble always).
We are all just truly proud of you Gish!
*Dusk to Dawn*
HSIG is Gish spelt backwards, and Gish is an Accountant by profession, and an upcoming Actor/Singer who aspires to recreate tamil cinematic songs in dual voices and mimicry. His past has not only been a gruelling battle in weight management, but also in the local entertainment industry in making a name for himself. He was 138kgs until a year and a half ago, and only recently transformed himself. It is now time to appreciate and witness Gish’s journey in his passion for music and acting.
In tonight’s show, In Pieces proudly presents HSIG in a theatrical themed musical which highlights popular tamil cinematic songs. The theme revolves around Love – between Mother & Child, Friend and a Lover. It involves every phase one goes through in the cycle of life.
Artistic Direction – WeiJun Loh
Actor / Singer – HSIG
Director/Dancer – Rathimalar Govindarajoo
Exalted : Mahadeva
Exalted – In Pieces2
3rd October 2019 @ Ramli Hassan Studio (Masakini Theatre Company) Entrance: RM50
*Exalted choreographed by Rathimalar – reworked from a solo piece originally created by Guna titled Such An Ananda.
Exalted, a homage to Siva, with His flowing matted hair, through which the river Ganges bursts forth. His dance of life intoxicates those who meditate in his grace.
A group composition choreographed for the Sutra Dancers by Rathimalar, originally inspired by the solo choreography of Guna – SUCH AN ANANDA.
Music by Anoushka Shankar – Mahadeva
Ghoomar – Bollywood
Odissi Dance Artiste of International Repute
Sub: – Requesting for consent to receive the “13th GURU DEBAPRASAD PRATIVA AWARD – 2019” on 28th October 2019 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar at 6.30 pm.
It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that this year TRIDHARA is organizing 13th GURU DEBAPRASAD AWARD FESTIVAL -2019 which will be held at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar from 28th – 30th October 2019 at 6.30 pm. Guru Debaprasad Das will always be remembered for his role in the revival of Odissi Dance. He had presented Odissi dance for first time outside Odisha and abroad. He is also the Founder of TRIDHARA. Each year in fond memory of Guruji, Tridhara presents Guru Debaprasad Award to Famous Padmashri, Padmabhusan, Padmabibhusan and President Awardees of Indian Classical Dance Gurus and Performers and the Guru Debaprasad Prativa Award-2019 to famous young artiste in the field of Odissi Dance.
This year the committee has nominated your Name for the prestigious GURU DEBAPRASAD PRATIVA AWARD-2019 for your contribution in the field of Odissi dance. In this context we request you to kindly give your valuable consent to receive the prestigious Award on 28th October 2019 at Rabindra Mandap at 6.30.p.m.
Guru Dr. Gajendra Ku. Panda
Brindavani Thillana with Harenthiren for Jejak Purnama Hari Malaysia Celebration (Sunday 15th Sep) in Petaling Street Jalan Tun H S Lee.
I thank HeriotWattUNi Malaysia as I am given the opportunity to speak my story and share my dance around the theme of “Reset & Rewind”. Come join us for the inaugural TEDxHeriotWattUMalaysia!
Why dance, why immerse oneself into an activity that makes you lose yourself? Why do we get addicted to it, or perhaps the word addictive is too strong of a word, say when we love doing something and we crave to keep doing it again and again. As it brings calmness, relaxation, relief, takes away our mind from everyday life struggles… an escapism from reality.
With my roots of classical indian dance, some ballet and contemporary training I’m able to create my own language in dance, and perhaps it may be the same sort of language another dancer has with the same background as myself. Therefore, what’s different? Is the question. And that’s the answers we are all constantly seeking …. how can we create something unique and true…. for our own validation that that’s our language our voice of creativity…. this artistic expression we all speak of, is what we truly are… and thus we keep asking that one question again and again, who am I?! reset rewind…. “seek out a tree and let it teach you stillness” … all you really need to do is to accept this moment fully… just be and enjoy being! It’s about being conscious of every action… and every action has an equal and opposite reaction …. surrender to the moment, surrender to this very present …. every artist creates from a place of no mind, from inner stillness… eckhart just puts it all so beautifully …. how could all this help me, how could all this benefit me…. ? How could all this help you and how could all benefit you?! To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom – Socrates.
MAHSA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL PERFORMS IN FRONT OF MALAYSIA’S EDUCATION MINISTER DR MASZLEE MALIK
February & March 2019
I had lots fun in 4PLAY-impromptu with WeiJun.
My dear friend Mathew, Thank you for having me in Pieces, utterly grateful to be able to come home and be a part of it, and to dance with you again Mathew. Love you and so proud of you! ♥️ Here’s our 4PLAY. Enjoy!
rehab goes to Indonesia!
It was first created with January Low in 2014 and later reworked in 2017 with Mohd Fauzi). This current version with Sueki is for a contemporary choreography laboratory (D-Lab) in Solo, Indonesia (Feb 24th to March 3rd) organised by an Indonesian choreographer, Melati Suryodarmo, in partnership with facilitators from Taiwan, Japan and Malaysia – represented by our very own JS Wong. Participants from all over Asia are to present their choreography at the end of the laboratory. Sueki Tan Bee Hung and Ren Xin Lee performed in JS Wong’s work “ Fit Us Out”, and along with Ren Xin’s work on Bee Hung). rehab is special, therefore I am happy that it was given the opportunity for it to be seen and shared in Indonesia. All thanks to JS for making it possible, and my heartfelt thanks to Sueki for partnering and dancing with me in this work. With love and gratitude. #rehabgoestoindonesia
Krishna Love Re-Invented | Krishna Leela
Thank you India for having us, I am deeply grateful for having the opportunity – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I can only count my lucky stars and thank them each for all the blessings – some disguised and some as pure as love and light like this Kumbh-Mela which made its grand entrance into my 2019! My salutations to the completions to old cycles, and to the manifesting of fresh new positive beginnings 🙏🏽 Thank you Sutra for the opportunity #kumbhmela2019
He asked, “would you like to go with us to India for its Kumbh Mela festival?”. My eyes flooded with tears and a brush of goose pimples sprinkled my skin. “Yes”, I answered with a shake in my voice, I was simply filled with joy and gratitude. It was a humbling gift offered to me, a blessing from a Guru!
I have never had the chance, or the opportunity to go to India for its Kumbh Mela Festivals with Sutra Dance Theatre. I was either away dancing in London, or more recently unavailable due to other commitments as a Dance Educator in schools. This time, it felt like it was a “perfect time”, and as if an auspicious opportunity had just fallen onto my lap that was fated for me to take, and embrace it with all its blessings.
The Kumb Mela was being held in Allahabad, now named Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, and Sutra Dance Theatre was invited to partake in its festival.
Rehearsals commenced, and we took on roles in the production of Krishna Leela, embodying the elements of Krishna, Radha and the Gopis, creating patterns and rearrangements of great Odissi Gurus that have manifested the play of the divine Raas Leela in their compositions.
A mix of senior and junior dancers came together, joining in this dance. As senior dancers, Geethika, Mei Mei and I have come to realize how important it is to nurture and give back what was bestowed upon us. Giving back patience, perseverance, diligence and persistence in contribution to develop the junior dancers’ discipline in dance. It was productions and tours like these that have molded us into dancers of Sutra – whom hold such unique qualities in interpretations of movements and rasa, to personify charismatic temperament not just on stage, but to internalize manifesting positive attitudes through and within in character building. This is what had been taught to us by Master Ramli, and our seniors; and it is important that we pass on this schooling / culture to the next generation.
However, I believe we are all still a student no matter how well-experienced we get, we must never stop learning. We have to have courage, but with rigorous vigilance on the mind to be egoless and humane. I pray we will be humble, stay humble and forever continue to learn to gain more by giving and receiving. My love and utmost highest salutations to my gurus for they have taught us all to Dance … live this kind of Life… this beautiful journey, yet a very very challenging path.
The day of the show arrived, and we were all dressed in our Odissi costumes heading towards the river where the Kumb Mela camps were put up in Prayagraj. We got off the van and made our way into a large tent that was constructed into a stage hall. Several shows had already begun, and we were up next. A little dressing room was arranged for us to use in preparation. All thirteen of us snuggled in for a group-hug before tying our bells. It was those moments when you are awoke feeling like as if you’ve achieved your life goals, and cannot help but think to yourself that you’re actually living a life that is meaningful. Moments like these that bring us back to life, and we see the universe manifesting our dreams into reality. Our hearts swelled, humbled by such intense feeling of love, and I couldn’t hold back my tears from flowing with gratitude.