Samadhi Dance Company presents a most unique and entirely different production titled ‘Mohini’, a performance filled with light, love and laughter.
After an intense and emotionally charged year due to the passing of Samadhi’s mentor Marutvati Keilman-Jorquera, artistic director Vraja Sundari Keilman felt a strong urge to create an enlivening and playful production counterbalancing the deep and intense production ‘Saranágati’ as well as to celebrate the spirited, colorful and truly inspiring character of Marutvati, embracing another side of the company’s vision.
For this production she decided to introduce more elements of mime, gestural and comical theater plus an innovative use of contemporary dance, break-dance and acrobatics. Also, the addition of a minimal yet characteristic stage design combined with the colorful costumes and always carefully selected music surely brings the audience to a whole new world.
‘Mohini’ – Sanskrit for ‘illusion personified’ – is inspired by poetry of the Persian poet Rumi and the performance tells the vivid story of an absurd yet touching dream. The theme deals with the individual interpretation of events and the illusive quality of this temporary and deceptive world. The viewer is taken on an energetic journey through the unconsciousness of the main character, complimented by an innovative combination of contemporary ballet, break-dance, acrobatics and as mentioned, a touch of comical drama and theater. ‘Mohini’ is dedicated to the Indian goddess Srimati Radharani, the original source of inspiration according to Vedic knowledge and has a total length of 50 minutes. ‘The production is suitable for all ages and promises to leave all viewers with a warm heart, a tickled mind and a generous smile on their face!
Cast consist of dancers Annlydie Groenen, Rasarani Keilman, Jeffrey Stuut, Vraja Sundari Keilman, Liam O’Callaghan and actor/singer Chris Kuijken/Caitanya Caran Das known from the charismatic music group Isophone.
Contains music tracks of Cirque du Soleil, Bon Iver, Bonobo, Takagi Masakatsu, Little Dragon and Alexandre Desplat including excerpts from the series ‘Matchless Memories- The Journey Home’ (1996) spoken by HH Tamal Krishna Goswami. Includes a live music performance of the song ‘Are We There Yet’ written by Ingrid Michaelson sung live by Chris Kuijken/Caitanya Caran Das.
Lights by Ronnie van Kempen.
Costumes consists items designed by Upper Mansion, a unique and high quality fashion label based in Hong Kong and available at the Airfashion boutique at Hairfashion Amsterdam by Leo NG.
Footage trailer: Lars Steenhoff
Edit: Vraja Sundari Keilman
Tracks: Cirque du Soleil,Bonobo, Little Dragon, Yann Tiersen.