Where there’s music, there’s dance. Where there’s dance, there’s art. This was the concept that The Integral Dance and Dance Design took to heart when they collaborated with The Lost Party in the last week of February 2016, as art ran riot to music on stage.
Poy artists, live painters, dancers, flash mobs, and art installations all complimented a killer line-up of independent musicians, as music and art blended seamlessly.
For us the highlight of the party was a troupe from the Integral Dance broke out into a flash mob when indie musicians Kabir Cafe performed Kabir’s Fakiri. Dhanashree Mehta, founder, The Integral Dance said, “I was very surprised when the crowd danced along and there were more boys than girls joining the fun.” Kabir Café thought she was crazy when she suggested the idea to them. “I’ve known these guys a long time and since contemporary was my forte, I was very excited. We pulled some of the crowd to join us initially but as time went by people started to enjoy what they saw and participated in the fun. We made sure the dance steps were easy so everyone could follow,” she quipped.
Neeraj Arya, Kabir Cafe’s lead vocalist gushed about the whole experience saying, “By the time the music was coming to an end, people were dancing near the main stage. It was a great feeling to see young and vibrant people dancing to Saint Kabir’s songs. We’ve done a lot of gigs and spoken to a lot of people but things never worked out but Dhanashree came to us with this concept and worked hard to put it all together. Next time, we’d like to see this happen on stage!”
Apart from the music, if there was something that caught the eye of the revellers, it was the stellar display of art of varied sorts. Sahiba Sawhney, founder, Dance Design, and the one who convinced The Lost Party to give space to the other artists apart from musicians, was pleasantly surprised at how well the non-musical art was received. “The idea was that dance is so open-ended nowadays, that integration was the key element. We thought it would look good but we weren’t sure that it would work. It’s just that someone has to think about it and explore ways to turn it into reality. Art looks so good with music!” she said.
One of the live painters, Jai Ranjit, created an artwork by interpreting the movements of the dancers Atul and Angie throughout their performance while standing behind a screen. He quips, “They interpreted the music and the end result was an abstract expressionist painting that combined the motion of the dancers and their two different styles. Even the colours I’ve used signify the male and female dancer; I’ve used black for the man who has slightly wider and bolder strokes and blue for the lady where the positioning of the paint is different.” As a matter of fact, this is the first time art has been given as much importance as the music at a festival whose base was, well, music. It was also the first time so many artists came together to create and display so much art under a single roof and what a great job they did!
Maulesh Thaker of Mad Poy, who was responsible for regaling the audience with stunning LED poy performances, started poy-ing as a hobby almost 4 years ago. Today, his passion for the poy has evolved into a proper form of art that is taught to the curious in his studio in Mumbai which he plans on expanding to Pune, for now. For those who made merry, would swear by how wonderful and enriching the experience was creatively and recreationally. After all, what is a party if you cannot lose yourself in it?
If reading all of this is too much, just check out this video by Janvi Manchanda and Pranjali Jakatdar for a glimpse of the fun: