‘I remember thinking I just want more. This isn’t it. Fame is not the goal. Money is not the goal. To be able to know how to get peace of mind, how to be happy, is something you don’t just stumble across. You’ve got to search for it.’ – George Harrison‘
In search of a higher state of being where one goes beyond waking, sleeping, dreaming, the dancers of Samadhi convey a tale of essence seeking.
‘RUCI’ shares a journey of three individuals entering a mysterious, unpredictable world. In this world humans have attempted to create various structures to fabricate stability and predictability, aiming to artificially soften the influences that life’s uncertain nature is guaranteed to bring.
The characters encounter one another as they mature, discovering that this type of human organisation brings up questions. Such as what the purpose of their existence truly is and if this urge for material certainty is truly serving humanity.
Giving up on certainty and sharing their fragility, life starts flowing through them and a deeper sense of happiness and belonging enters their perception. They begin to experience a higher sense of wealth as they continue on their journey, allowing what comes to simply come.
As its storyline is set up in a non-literal way, ‘RUCI’ leaves plenty of room for one’s own interpretation and imagination. Conveyed in a surrealistic setting, the choreography consists of calculated, precise movements with yet an abstract, emotional flow.
Coming from a need to understand one’s role within this world, Sundari and the dancers felt more like witnesses than makers during the creation process, as the profound world of ‘RUCI’ seemed to manifest itself. The work required a genuine listening and perceiving of what already is present, from which the creation seemed to flow on its own accord.
A beautiful tale and cherished process created from a deep sense of love and dedication to the art of dance and the gift of human life.
- Choreography & concept: Vraja Sundari
- Dancers: Sara Pennella, Vraja Sundari, Victor Swank
- Film: Vraja Sundari
- Cinematographer: L. Steenhoff
- Voice: George Harrison
- Music track: Tigran Hamasyan
- Costumes/MU: Vraja Sundari
- Partner: New Dance Studios/Glenn Westphal