Monday 23 December 2019

Classical dance trend - Entertainment or Engagement? - Ramaa Venugopalan

Entertainment is an activity performed to hold an audience's attention with the purpose of delivering pleasure.

Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected movements with a symbolic aesthetic value.

Classical means a representation of an exemplary standard within a sufficiently long-established form or style.

Considering these definitions, a classical dance performance can be defined as: A standard form or style of purposefully conceived movements that are specifically selected with the purpose of keeping an audience's attention. This, however, alters the meaning and intention of a classical dance performance.

As I sat to watch an extravagant spectacle of a classical dance production by an extremely popular classical dance company from Bangalore, whose dancers are revered as young stars, I could not but help observe aspects that now dictate the intention of this process, its consequences, and its success factors.

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