To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.
This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.
Agnes De Mille



The Desire to Move

This production showcases India in all its brilliance, versatility, colour, rhythm and grace, while exposing the viewer to the spread of India’s greatest performing arts. In this unique production, Leela Samson brings together pre-eminent dancer-choreographers and their troupes to showcase the richness of India’s dance, martial and percussive arts in a single presentation – Charishnu or ‘the desire to move’.

Aditi Mangaldas (kathak), Aruna Mohanty (odissi), Priti Patel (manipuri and the martial art of thangta), Sadanam Balakrishnan (kathakali and mohiniattam), Imocha Singh (thangta), Mahesh Vinayakram (percussion) and Leela Samson (bharatanatyam) lead their teams, each style in dialogue with the other and all coming together in a spectacular finale.

Concept Leela Samson
Choreography Leela Samson, Aditi Mangaldas, Aruna Mohanty, Priti Patel, Sadanam Balakrishnan, Imocha Singh, Mahesh Vinayakram