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March 23, 2018

German dance performance mesmerises audience

National

March 23, 2018

LAHORE: Annemarie-Schimmel-Haus (German Cultural Centre, Lahore) in association with the Goethe-Institute, Karachi and Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop organised a peculiar German dance performance which mesmerised the audience at Rafi Peer’s Cultural Centre at Raiwind on Thursday. The German and Pakistani artists teamed up to create a unique but contemporary dance piece “Lighting” as part of a cultural exchange programme between Germany and Pakistan. The dancers spellbound the audience with their breathtaking performance, choreographed by Anna Konjetzky. “Lighting,” the igniting, torching, kindling, is the title of Anna Konjetzky’s dance piece in which the choreographer fixates the audience’s gaze on the bodies of the nine dancers on a bare stage. Choreographed by Anna Konjetzky with music by Sergej Maingardt and light and design by Barbara Westernach, the nine dancers, including Viviana Defazio, Sahra Huby, Michele Meloni, Quindell Orton, Taha Khan, Erum Bashir, Shabana Hassan, Abdul Haris Khan, Aqeel Ahmed and Sabiha Zia, who formed a flurrying and pulsating mass, and the pressure seemed to increase constantly. Inspired by the numerous pictures of protest movements round the globe, “Lighting” simply ignites that spark, that moment of collapse, of discharge. Konjetzky’s dance piece is, thus, getting progressively more intense and dense; the mass subtly builds more and more power, energy and pressure. Annemarie-Schimmel-Haus and the Goethe-Institute, Karachi, joined hands to organise a series of dance piece “Lighting” in three cities at National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi, Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop Cultural Centre in Lahore and at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), Islamabad.

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