by Paula Citron
Toronto is the home of hybrid dance, that unique made in Canada fusion of ethnic dance and western contemporary forms. Choreographer Hari Krishnan was trained in bharatanatyam but dabbles in everything else.
Recipes for Curry, his new group work, gives the name to the evening. Just as a curry dish can have an infinite variety of ingredients, so does this dance attempt to come to grips with the multicultural hybrid and how it affects interior and exterior relationships.
Krishnan and Allen Kaeja in Yogurt and Venom have created a clever duet that uses a brilliant fusion of martial arts and bharatanatyam to celebrate the individual. Icon Margie Gillis has given Krishnan a solo in Breaking Through Surface that tries to find the man beneath the suit. Krishnan’s Inverse is a quartet that celebrates both community and aloneness.
It is a very rich evening of dance and original music.
Recipes for Curry continues until Saturday.
From the Enwave Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for The NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.