GAURI SHARMA TRIPATHI
Film Production Crew:
Director - Arbind Ray
Camera - Eugenia Cruz, Alex Newhati, Hiten Khetia
Performing to a packed audience on Tuesday 29 May 2007 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Waqt (literally meaning 'time') was a new full length production by choreographer and performer Gauri Sharma Tripathi, one of the world's leading exponents of Kathak, the classical dance of North India.
Dizzying sequences of spins, darting arm movements and percussive use of feet, accentuated by the bells worn at the ankles, are balanced with exquisite precision, all captured digitally by Bollywood Blockbusters Ltd's film crew.
Performing with members of her own company, Gauri collaborates with renowned
musicians including vocalist Reena Bhardwaj, known for her work on Nitin Sawhney's
Broken Skin, Human and Philtre and A R Rahman's The Rising and Bombay Dreams.
Gauri Sharma Tripathi has played a significant part in Southbank Centre's strong association with South Asian dance in recent years. In addition to Waqt, Gauri is collaborating with Nitin Sawhney and Stuart Wood on the UK production of Mahabharata, touring nationally from April.
Partly inspired by Javed Akhtar's poem of the same name, the show featured dancers and musicians from the UK and India at as part of a UK tour. Tripathi's choreographic style is distinguished by its complexity and grace, steeped in the rich traditions of the Indian musical language and its relationship to dance.