The road to success is never easy, and those who chase their dreams on these roads have to fight many nightmares on the way. With rapid urbanisation and development of metros, many youth from smaller cities and villages leave their hometown to try their luck and chase their dreams in ‘places of opportunities’. But this immigration brings with it confusion, mayhem and chaos, not only in the lives of people but also the places where this takes place.
National Highway 7, from The Park’s New Festival 2013, is driven by this phenomenon of immigration of the rural population to urban spaces in search of ‘better life,’ and their reality. “NH 7 is a dance duet that depicts the intricate, confused, rapid urbanisation in which the dancers vividly capture the mad need to build, demolish and re-imagine the city and explore how people are caught up in this mayhem,” says show’s choreographer Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy.
The work aims at creating moving images with bodies which will reflect the current imagination of the city and the changing landscapes. “The name of the work National Highway 7 represents the journey of rural population and development in cities,” he says adding that, “We want our work to touch people from all walks of life.”
The choreographer says that the idea cropped up during a conversation on the subject of development and the changing landscape in our city. “And we realised that this new phenomenon of rapid growth of our cities has a never-ending chain reaction. This cause and effect has multiple layers and we thought of exploring it in our dancer work,” he says.
The dance movements are dictated by our surroundings and experiences of the artists. “We have worked toward a piece of work which can communicate with people on both physical and emotional level,” he says.
After performing at NCPA tomorrow, the contemporary dance will be presented in Delhi and Kolkata by the end of September.