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The Jungle Book - Yatra Dance - Tempo Dance Festival 2013


Sun 13 Oct 2013, 6:30pm

Where: Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Elephant Publicity

Rhythm meets rhyme in this contemporary interpretation of Kipling’s signature work. Envisioned and staged by a group of young local artistes, The Jungle Book endeavours to bring traditional dance beyond the barriers of land and language, to today’s modern audience.

Set to a partnership of Western and Indian classical music, The Jungle Book tells the tale of Mowgli and friends through the ancient Indian dance form of Bharatha Natyam. Bharatha Natyam finds its roots in the temples of southern India and derives its name from the elements Bhava (expression ) Raga (melody) and Thala (rhythm). It is these modes the dancers wield to present a contemporary production with its roots in the heritage of both Eastern and Western cultures.

Yatra, meaning journey, are a group of dancers who have learnt Bharatha Natyam both in India and New Zealand, and have come together out of a common passion for the art form. In a venture to share this with a wider audience, they bring you The Jungle Book which pushes the envelope through fusion music, lighting and narrative, while remaining true to tradition and discipline in the choreography of the dance itself.

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