Amar India

A theatrical performance of classical Indian dance

Creation 2019

created by and featuring Lisa Pellegrini

supervision
Jean Ménigault alias Méningue
mask
Elodie Lebigre
musical collaboration
Daniele Dubbini
text
Lisa Pellegrini

suitable for ages 5 and upwards

Legend tells that Brahma, after having been conceded his first four Vedas, was invited by the Gods who said: “We would like a form of entertainment that can be both heard and seen. Since those who are born as sudra cannot hear the Vedas, we need a fifth Veda that is accessible to all castes.” The fifth Veda is the least aristocratic, but is also the most elaborate and the richest. In fact, in order to create it, Brahma took recitation from the Rgveda, singing from the Samveda, mime from the Yajurveda and emotion from the Atharveda. And so, the fifth Veda is known as Natyaveda or the Veda of dance. Amar India is an evocative performance, moving and enthralling, where the spectators can travel on an Indian train, so living the magic of the images that come to life before them. The God Ganesha who has an elephant’s head, appears telling the story of his birth and dancing an ode to life. Costume and make-up play a very important part for Indian dancers; through them the audience is transported to ethereal and colourful worlds. The journey begins from the moment in which the artist readies herself, kneeling, admiring the Divinity and offering Her flowers, fire and incense. Each time the fire is re-lit, one relives the magic of the first flame and calls Shiva in His magnificent form of cosmic dancer. The perfume of incense inebriates the senses of the audience while flower petals gently fall onto the image of Vishnu. Around her ankles, the dancer wears her musical instrument, the gungroo, a string of bells that accompany her every rhythmic step. The movements and the gestures of the dancer transform themselves into visual poetry.
Amar India
Amar India

Technical Specification

Length: 50 minutes
bare stage 5×6 meters minimum

Lighting:
30KW
24 channel dimmer
7 sagomatori 50°
9 PC
6 PAR CP62
bases for ground lighting


AUDIO:
audio set adapted to theatre
cd reader

Lisa Pellegrini was born at Parma, Italy in 1978.
She began her first course in theatrical studies at the age of six and remained fascinated, greatly enjoying the rehearsals and the sensations she felt during the performance. Years passed at school without the theatre and as she grew she became aware of the attraction that she felt for art in its expressive physical form. She began studying with theatre masters like Bepi Monai, Yves La Breton, Jean Méningue, the Argentine group Argonautas. She studied varied dance styles like Butoh with Imre Thorman, contemporary dance with Lucia Nicolussi Perego, theatrical dance with Roberta Voltolina, and classical Indian dance Bharata Natyam with Ujwal Bhole.
She studied in India, Italy and Argentina where she lived for a year. The dedication required for studying classical Indian dance led her to live for ten years between Italy and India where she gained a diploma in Kathak dance at the Sahana institute in Calcutta under the guide of Guruji Pradipta Niyogi. She studied with Pandit Biriju Maharaji and Saswati Sen (Delhi), Sharmila Sharma (Paris), Anurekha Ghosh and Madhuita Roy (Calcutta).
In India, she performed for the very first time with her teacher’s son, Rudrava Niyogi. From there, she danced in Italian theatres (Parma, Bologna, Rovigo, Mantova) and in India (Calcutta, Puri, Vishakhapatanam) as well as at prestigious Italian festivals (Piacenza, Sarzana, Carrara, Milano, Pontedrea, Siena, Modena).