Pictured above, Kattam Katti
After its world premiere with two sold-out nights at Sadler’s Wells, Pagrav Dance’s innovative new show Kattam Katti comes to Cambridge Junction.
Kattam Katti is a new dance theater performance created by recently BBC Young Dancer choreographer Urja Desai Thakore that transports audiences to Uttarayan, the world famous kite festival taking place in Gujarat, North India.
The show brings to life stories of competition, danger, excitement and unity, wonderfully evoking both the solemnity and the fun of this hugely important celebration.
Every January, millions of people from different cities, religions and social classes come together to fly kites in a unique event marking the transition from winter to spring.
Although a joyful event, Uttarayan is also ruthlessly competitive.
The goal is to fly your kite higher than anyone else. Competitors coat their kite strings with glass pigment so that in addition to looking good on the surface, they also cut the strings of other kites.
Injuries to participants are not unheard of and wealthy penthouse owners reap the full benefits by launching their kites from high rooftops.
Kattam Katti draws parallels with the inequalities of society in India, the UK and around the world. Kattam Katti – which translates to “cut” – is a neo-classical work with a contemporary twist and strong roots in the South Asian dance tradition.
It features original live music from four musicians who interact with the four dancers.
Drawing from the chaos, creativity and color of the kite festival, the company brings the excitement of Uttarayan to life.
The work is created and performed by a new generation of Indian-British dancers, accompanied by live musicians who collectively illustrate the ups, downs, loves and loss of life experienced during the festivities.
Kattam Katti is suitable for all ages and walks of life.
“Today there are many deeply divided societies around the world,” Urja said.
“I used the kite and the festival as a metaphor for the inequalities of privilege I see in these societies and in the corporate world.
“It is also based on my personal observations of the festival and Gujarati heritage in general.
“I hope that by addressing universal themes in this way, we can introduce Asian dance to new audiences from diverse cultures.”
Kattam Katti arrives in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, on March 22-23 as part of a UK tour. The show lasts 60 minutes and is suitable for all ages.
For tickets click here or call 01223 578 000 – pay how you feel.
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