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Jamiah Green, New Haven Arts

“The sound of drums and classical Indian strings spread over the room as the lights dimmed to blue. On stage,... View Article

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Jamiah Green, New Haven Arts

“The sound of drums and classical Indian strings spread over the room as the lights dimmed to blue. On stage, a group of dancers swept in, waist and ankle bells keeping time with their bare feet as they tap-tapped across the stage. They cycled in an out, binding their bodies with an age-old story of the Apocalypse before casting it in a totally new light….At the end, all four of the women came together to dance on the stage, showing how their energy could come together. Individually, they seemed to say, their suffering was inevitable. But told together, maybe their stories suggested there was another way.”

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Karen Greenspan, The Ballet Review

“Tightly choreographed and interestingly varied choral interludes for the four horsemen sweep the action along, bind the apocalyptic solos into a unified composition,... View Article

The Ballet Review, Fall-Winter 2019

Karen Greenspan, The Ballet Review

“Tightly choreographed and interestingly varied choral interludes for the four horsemen sweep the action along, bind the apocalyptic solos into a unified composition, and showcase the technical proficiency of these capable dancers…I found this work to be an exciting development that demonstrates the strong voices and talented proponents of Indian classical arts who are creating and performing stimulating work right here in the United States.” –

The Ballet Review, Fall-Winter 2019

Sweta Arora – Delhi Culture Comment, January 2019

The act was done with a lot of energy and pace. Sonali came across as a dancer with a lot... View Article

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Sweta Arora – Delhi Culture Comment, January 2019

The act was done with a lot of energy and pace. Sonali came across as a dancer with a lot of technique, and her expressive eyes easily portrayed the emotional transition of Meenakshi amma on seeing Shiva….The nritta interludes were very appropriate, but her expressions were the high point of her abhinaya. She has beautiful eyes which can express a lot.”

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Kamini Dandapani, Narthaki.com

“Also, Bharatanatyam has well and truly entered the 21st century as it engages with an increasingly wide range of themes... View Article

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Kamini Dandapani, Narthaki.com

“Also, Bharatanatyam has well and truly entered the 21st century as it engages with an increasingly wide range of themes and ideas, pushing into thought-provoking political and socio-cultural realms, the abstract and the concrete, and embracing the myths, stories and issues of the world at large.”

“The dancing, by all four dancers, was absolutely top-notch. The choreography was outstanding, and the whole production was tightly woven together and perfectly executed.”

 

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Diandra Reviews, Diandra Reviews It All

“These dancers turns their bodies into a language; as if every hand-motion or foot stomp is a hieroglyphic. By the... View Article

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Diandra Reviews, Diandra Reviews It All

“These dancers turns their bodies into a language; as if every hand-motion or foot stomp is a hieroglyphic. By the end of their act, you swear they could be painted on the sacred walls of pyramids because they are so visually potent. “

“Each of these women, as horsemen/ humans, chose a role, and their sufferings measured whether they were worthy of it. From being a lover to being a mother, it is a tricky question to ask if suffering is deserved or necessary because, in the end, it simply is apart of life. Yet, Four Horsemen asked its audience to see pain like a roadblock; it only hinders path until you, finally, finish building over it.”

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Alastair Maccaulay, New York Times

“The interplay of the sculptural and rhythmic aspects of Indian dance was compelling…riveting” – Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance... View Article

Alastair Maccaulay, New York Times

“The interplay of the sculptural and rhythmic aspects of Indian dance was compelling…riveting” – Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance 2015

Marina Harss, www.thefasetertimes.com

"The ensemble performed three works, of which the most vivid was perhaps Shadjam, a vignette that depicted a group of girls preparing for a visit by Shiva, in his lover-man guise. As they combed each other's hair and praised each other's beauty (in mime), I could see the next group preparing in a tent off-stage, busy with similar tasks. For a moment, art intermingled with life."

Marina Harss, www.thefasetertimes.com

“The ensemble performed three works, of which the most vivid was perhaps Shadjam, a vignette that depicted a group of girls preparing for a visit by Shiva, in his lover-man guise. As they combed each other’s hair and praised each other’s beauty (in mime), I could see the next group preparing in a tent off-stage, busy with similar tasks. For a moment, art intermingled with life.” – Erasing Borders Festival of Dance 2012

Appolinaire Scherr, Financial Times

“It is this devotional aspect of Indian dance that latter-day choreographers tend to emphasise, as did American Bharata Natyam practitioner... View Article

Appolinaire Scherr, Financial Times

“It is this devotional aspect of Indian dance that latter-day choreographers tend to emphasise, as did American Bharata Natyam practitioner Sonali Skandan with a section of Swarupa: Infinite Form, a meditative ensemble piece less to do with the gods than with our worship of them.” – Erasing Borders Festival of Dance 2012

Alastair Maccaulay, New York Times

“Technical precision and geometric skill…” – Erasing Borders Festival of Dance 2012

Alastair Maccaulay, New York Times

“Technical precision and geometric skill…” – Erasing Borders Festival of Dance 2012

Ryan Wenzel, www.dancetabs.com

“The choreography – full of statuesque balances and sharp lines formed by the arms – was attractively modest and had... View Article

Ryan Wenzel, www.dancetabs.com

“The choreography – full of statuesque balances and sharp lines formed by the arms – was attractively modest and had simple but powerful geometries..” – Erasing Borders Festival of Dance 2012