Past Forward by Leela Samson and Spanda Dance

Internationally acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer, Leela Samson brings her company Spanda to Australia for the first time! Past Forward is a body of creative work by Leela Samson. It depicts an inward journey experienced through the individual body and the group collective. .

Leela Samson is an internationally acclaimed dancer, teacher, writer and choreographer of bharata natyam – a traditional dance form of India. She has been deeply influenced by the visionary Rukmini Devi Arundale, who founded Kalakshetra. Over many years of independent work, her dance has metamorphosed from the best of her alma mater into a unique personal expression, which is unostentatious, serene and joyful. A well loved and respected teacher internationally, she is the recipient of several honours from the Sanskiti and Kalaimamani to the Sangeet Natak Akademi and Padmashri awards.

Spanda, which means a vibration or pulse, symbolic of the perpetual energy that is the life force of the universe - was created in 1995 and represents works conceived and choreographed by Leela Samson. Constantly evolving, Spanda deliberates text, musical traditions and movement vocabulary that showcases the amazing art of bharata natyam. Through an exploration of group dynamics in bharata natyam, Spanda rediscovers learnt vocabulary, whilst retaining the geometry, the variety and grammar of this art form by reducing movement to its purest expression.

Past Forward is a body of creative work by Leela Samson. It depicts an inward journey experienced through the individual body and the group collective. From the external to the internal - it explores one’s search for the light and the truth. Past Forward seeks to establish a relevant dialogue, through the harmonisation of dance, music and stagecraft that represents the past, the present, and the future.

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Leela Samson and Spanda also present a Lecture Demonstration on Sunday 12 March on the Dance Stage, Prince Alfred Square at 12.30pm.