E-184 - Serendipity Arts Festival Mumbai Curtain Raiser 2018
07.00 PM to 09.00 PM
Royal Opera House,
Mama Parmanand Marg,
Mumbai - 400 004
Serendipity Arts Foundation, Royal Opera House, Mumbai and Avid Learning present the Mumbai Curtain Raiser for the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 which will take place later this year in Panaji, Goa. The Serendipity Arts Festival is a multidisciplinary arts festival and a cultural experience that brings together the visual, performing and culinary arts. The evening will introduce the Festival’s fourteen lead curators, representing Visual Arts, Photography, Culinary Arts, Craft, Music, Dance, and Theatre. The event will also screen the Festival curtain raiser film for the first time presenting vignettes of 2018’s dynamic projects.
A special performance by Bharatnatyam Dancer Rukmini Vijayakumar and TheRaadha Kalpa Dance Company will be performed on our stage. The Dark Lord: Lament of the Poetess will combine dance and theatre experience to depict images of the many seekers of Lord Krishna. Following the life and voice of Meera, “the poetess of love”, the story parallels the struggles, madness, lament and ultimately, the surrender of these devotees. Drawing on the classical Indian dance vocabulary of Bharatanatyam, the experience challenges the boundaries of performance and theatre, creating visual impact by breaking down the barriers the performer and audience. This will be our second collaboration with the Festival, having presented their Annual Mumbai Curtain Raiser last year at the Opera House and presented talks as part of their Talking Culture Lecture series in Goa.
AVID works with festival platforms across the arts and literature, including Times LitFest, Jaipur Literature Festival, and The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. We began our collaboration with The Serendipity Arts Festival last year in 2017 by presenting their Annual Mumbai Curtain Raiser earlier this year in association with The Royal Opera House, Mumbai. In Goa, the Festival will span eight exhilarating days featuring 71 projects by 14 curators across disciplines.
Rukmini Vijayakumar is the Founder and Artistic Director of the classical dance company, Raadha Kalpa and Founding Director LshVa, and art space in Bengaluru. Rukmini’s style is a summation of all her learning and experiences. Her primary training and rigorous practice has been in Bharatanatyam. Initiated into the form by Guru Padmini Rao, she later pursued a deeper study and understanding of Bharatanatyam under Late Guru Narmada Rao. Her Bharatanatyam practice and ideas of movement are influenced greatly by her training under Guru Sundari Santhanam, in Karanas (the research of Dr. Padma Subramanyam). She went on to intensify her training and practice in Modern Dance and Ballet at the Boston Conservatory, obtaining a BFA in Modern Dance and Ballet. Her approach to choreography and movement changed through her years of intense training in Boston, and her study in the pedagogy of western movement forms made her find new avenues of training the body for Bharatanatyam.
She has performed in many venues in India and abroad and has been appreciated for her unique style, innovative choreography, athleticism, arresting emotions and attention to detail. Her performances at the 80th Anniversary of the Jacobs Pillow dance festival (USA), Erasing borders Festival (USA), the Korzo theater (Netherlands), and Milapfest (Liverpool), were well appreciated. She has received the title of Arsha Kala Bhushan from Swami Dayananda Saraswati, and was recently awarded the prestigious Jiří Kylián Grant for her residency the Korzo Theater in the Netherlands.