Processes of interweaving disciplines are intrinsic to a dimension which is multilayered, irrespective of their particular contents. When the disciplines of design and dance blend, the experience is of design in motion, an aesthetic that ultimately enhances diversification. Movement Design is an expression of this experience.
Movement Design is a grammatical construction that has emerged out of an experience and exploration of the disciplines of design and dance; with an engagement of the Classical tradition of Indian dance and the contemporary tradition of design, allowing an aesthetic experience of successful integration and, at the same time harnessing and unharnessing how different cultural visions and identities manifest. This is the starting point in the conception of Movement Design.
Its manifestation is a journey of an aesthetic, which is pregnant with the political, social and transcendental dimensions all at once.
An engagement with the contemporary and the classical, in thought, design and movement; is investigated through respective independent disciplines; resulting in an interdependent and dependent experience. The existential experience of body design emerges through the form of classical Indian dance. The experience is a particular proposition verses a universal one.
The Classical Form
Dance expression is illustrated through the form of Mohiniattam. Dance expression is illustrated through the form of Mohiniattam. Among the seven classical Indian dance styles; each one comes from a different state in India, with a different geometry of movement, costume, jewelry and even music; yet the principles and values are the same in all. Mohiniattam is one such form. A dance style from Kerela (Southern India); ‘Mohiniattam’ literally means ‘the dance of the enchantress’. With a subtle and introverted aesthetic the style manifests through a circular geometry enhanced with swinging and swaying movements. With a rich mimetic tradition the form penetrates into and through the feminine energy.
The form becomes a medium to transcend from the regional traditional into the universal eternal.
Miti is a disciple of danseuse Mandakini Trivedi. A superlative performer, choreographer, writer, educationist and above all a Teacher, Mandakini is the founder and creative head of Nateshvari Dance Gurkul; a unique space which is committed to reviving the yogic traditions in Indian dance and creating dancers who can assimilate the principles of the art into their lives.