Electro beats redefine classic Indian myth

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Dewsbury-based arts group Manasamitra is heading out on tour with a re-imagination of a mythological tale.

In Rudra, Indian mythology collides with contemporary dance and indo-bass, beats and electronica, and it stops off in Huddersfield next month.

The production is a new collaboration between contemporary kathak choreographer Sonia Sabri and composer Shri Sriram, who is best known as one half of electro-acoustic duo Badmarsh & Shri. Echoing the cycle of peace, disturbance, love and lament, this emotive work is speckled with play, vigour and despair set against an arresting musical score.

Performed by dancers Nikki Bakolis, Lucy Haighton, Alys North and Jyoti Uniyal, Rudra is played out in front of set designer Hannah Sibai’s brightly woven skeletal structures.

This new tour follows an exhilarating opening performance at York Minster last autumn and is part of a three year project supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic touring programme.

Supriya Nagarajan, artistic director of Manasamitra said: “After a fantastic premiere at York Minster last year, Rudra is now ready for the road.

“Manasamitra brings traditional Indian cultures to new audiences through contemporary collaborations and Rudra is the exciting embodiment of this philosophy.”

Rudra is at Lawrence Batley Theatre on Thursday April 10. For tickets call the box office on 01484 430 528 or visit thelbt.org.