Multi-media Dance-dramas based on Greek myths

Demeter and Persephone (2004) . .

Athena-Brahmini (2003) . .

These creations are retellings of Greek myths, using South Asian dance techniques, masks and projected backdrops. Anjali continues her personal artistic search: one that continues to be nourished by many cultures.

The influences of Greece and India are reflected in dance, music, images, costumes, masks and jewellery. The works incorporate elements of classical Greek theatrical techniques, through the introduction of dancers/chorus to echo the events unfolding and to provide a dramatic counterpoint to the main characters. The chorus of dancers are masked, as in the Greek tradition, to emphasize their anonymity. Visual backdrops created for the work include evocative images from Greece and India.

God and Goddesses were prominent in both ancient Greece and India. Even today in India stories about the Gods and Goddesses appear in the classical dance repertoire. The characters in both Greek and Indian dance-theatre traditions are frequently archetypes. Art was, and still can be a sacred activity. These dance-theatre traditions include the use of music, masks, common motifs in costumes and jewellery and a narrator/commentator.