Indian dance “invades” Albufeira Auditorium

A Chhau dance show – an Indian style that is an Intangible Heritage of Humanity – takes to the stage of […]

A Chhau dance show – an Indian style that is an Intangible Heritage of Humanity – takes to the stage at the Albufeira Municipal Auditorium next Monday, January 29, from 21 pm. 

The promise is of a show «of rare scenic beauty», in charge of the Seraikella Chhau Dance Group.

«The Chhau (traditional Indian theatrical dance) style of dance, originating in the states of Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal, combines tribal and martial dances in an intense representation of color and movement. They can be divided into three regional traditions that differ significantly in terms of their practice: the traditional Seraikella Chhau, the lively Purlieu Chhau and the lesser-known Mayurbanj Chhau», explains the City Council of Albufeira.

The colorful masks worn by the actor dancers are «made of papier-mâché and clay, presenting the audience with a variety of characters such as gods, mythological figures, demons, humans, animals and celestial bodies such as the sun or the moon».

In contrast to the other two styles, Seraikella Chhau “is dance in its purest form – there is no dialogue between the performers and instead of following a linear plot, it often seems to strive only to convey a certain sensation, idea through dance. or feeling», says the municipality.

Of the three varieties, «it is undoubtedly the most subtle and refined. Mythological figures and common men appear portrayed in their daily routine. Scenes from epic battles on central themes of love poems are revealed here. Aspects of the natural world and abstract expressions of human thought are offered to us in an improved way».

The show features choreography by Pandit Gopal Prasad Dubey, considered in India as the actor with a thousand faces.

Tickets cost 5 euros and are on sale at the Consumer Information Center of Albufeira Town Hall and Lídia Jorge Municipal Library, on weekdays (9:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00) and at the Municipal Auditorium on the day of the show (from 19:30 to 21:15 pm).