MeiDhwani captures the fragility of solitude and the chaos of turmoil with dramatic movement. This piece attempts to explore and reaffirm the centrality of the human mind, body and spirit in live performance.
In an unraveling spiral Meidhwani portrays individuals who are captives of circumstances and history. By linking the Tamil and Sanskrit words Mei (Body) and Dhwani (Echo or Suggestion), the word MeiDhwani subtly alludes to ‘Echoes of the Body’ in imagined landscapes.
In MeiDhwani, fire acts as a metaphor for male energy and a destructive power within, while water alludes to the ever-flowing stream of life, representing the female energy. The metallic pots in the production suggest a contained yet unfathomable feminine infinity contrasted against the phallic, cylindrical oil lamps.
Drawing sustenance from the distilled clarity of Bharatanatyam, and from abstracted animal motifs of the Kerala martial art form Kalarippayattu, the movement language conjures latent semiotic traces of inherited physical traditions.