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Dance review: Chowk's graceful blend of the classical and the contemporary

Published on May 4, 2014 1:14 PM

The set-up was simple. A row of four musicians and a narrator seated along the side of a stage, which was occupied by four classically-trained Odissi dancers.

But once the flautist sent the first warbling note floating through the air of the Drama Centre Black Box on Friday night, a transportative evening began which demonstrated sensual beauty, exquisite control, and the importance of having a firm foundation in any contemporary work.

You Cannot Look Away, the inaugural performance by Chowk Productions, certainly lived up to its name.

Although Raka Maitra, artistic director of the company, has been creating ensemble works since The Hungry Stones in 2011, this show marked the formalisation of Chowk as a company, after receiving an $80,000 seed grant from the National Arts Council this year.

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