Kalaa Utsavam 2020 | Pallavi through Abstractions (20 - 29 Nov)
A “pallavi” is both a repeated refrain in carnatic music and a category of classical odissi that is pure dance, stripped of story and characterisation, accompanied only by music. At first slow and graceful, a pallavi in odissi gradually builds in tempo and intricacy, blossoming as the music unfolds. Pallavi through Abstractions is the final outcome of the Pallavi Series (2016-2018), a three-part choreographic exploration of the grammar of the odissi dance form. It explores odissi’s relationship to space, time and stillness, offering lines of increasingly complex movement, placement, stillness, and shifting balances extrapolated from odissi’s repertoire. In this film, Pallavi & Space navigates the relationship between the performance space and the abstract space inhabited by dance using odissi’s “chowk” position; Pallavi in Time contemplates the body moving to rhythm with the “tri-bhang” stance; Pallavi with Stillness seeks to deconstruct odissi by isolating and accenting torso movements. A digital premiere by Singaporean contemporary Indian dance company, Chowk, this filmed performance is a unique collaboration between dancer-choreographer Raka Maitra and local filmmaker Ler Jiyuan whose dynamic camera lens frames the pallavi to tell a riveting story of a dance form that transcends borders. Chowk, rooted in odissi, seeks to create an Asian contemporary dance expression that dissolves the dichotomy between tradition and modernity. Choreographer: Raka Maitra (Artistic Director, Chowk Productions) Dancers: Raka Maitra, Sandhya Suresh & Caroline Chin Music arranged by Bani Haykal Musicians: Uma Katju, Lakshman K.P, Caroline Chin & Saran Jith Film: Ler Jiyuan Production Manager: Elizabeth Tan http://www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam
PIBLOKTO - Colourless Fields
PIBLOKTO (Colourless Fields 12" LP) COMING SOON Video Produced by birdmandog, directed and shot by Ler and Zen. Starring Wendy Toh 180g Vinyl + Digital Album Download / Limited 100 copies Printed at Stumptown Printers & hand-stamped numbered. Mastered by James Plotkin Featuring the bonus track "Eulogy Of Time" & artwork of Denis Forkas Kostromitin
"Today" by Humpback Oak
Music Video for "Today", by Humpback Oak. *Use headphones for best effect Filmed by Ler Jiyuan, Zen Yeo, Jason Tan Sound Mixed by Joe Ng "Maybe it'll be the same Life's a funny little game Somehow, someplace... we all will meet again And I don't wanna know As the world spin around All the answers I have found Somehow, someplace... we all will meet again And I don't wanna know Staring at the falling sun Today... and everyday There is nothing else to say Won't you come out today? Somehow, someplace... we all will meet again And I don't wanna know Can it all disappear? There is no one else to fear Somehow, someplace... we all will meet again And I don't wanna know Staring at the falling sun Today... and everyday"
Enter The Catacomb - Trailer
The Observatory - Enter The Catacomb is a series of live sessions featuring the band performing the entire repertoire of songs from their new album, CATACOMBS, in an intimate studio setting. This will be the first time we are captured on camera playing live in our own space at Goodman Arts Centre. These are not music videos but live recordings with a multi-camera and multi-track setup. Filmed and recorded in February 2012 by birdmandog and Justin Seah, they serve as an extension to the album. We want you to have the experience of watching us play live, as an appreciation of your support. Purchase any format, CD/LP/Digital, now and get exclusive access inside the catacomb. Go to www.theobservatory.com.sg for more details.