The only qualification I have to review a programme such as this is my capacity to enjoy beauty of movement, sound and lively formation. Kanthi indeed is known as an expert in dance movement but here she surpassed herself in the synchronization of colour, costumes, music and décor.
I would not use the word ‘blend’ to connote the coming together; it was a dynamic harmony so alive and pulsating. The ‘O’ really transpired to be the Ocean with its natural waves and billows. It was indeed an extraordinarily innovative idea to use transparent paper on the curtains.
With the play of lights it was an eddying in and out, with the waves crimping on the edges and with a little imagination thrown in one could see the white bubbly foam as well. There was no change of sets to disturb the flow of the programme and naturally little rustling backstage.
The Ocean certainly was alive and colour just shot through it with the costumes and movement of the dancers. One set of dancers moved out to present another and yet another in a delightful symphony of music and imaginative costumes. The canvas was wide and filled with all the creatures of the ocean who had the ability to transform the stage into this living ocean.
The show moved effortlessly from the vivid ocean and its throbbing life into the rhythmic ‘Move It’. The item ‘Flamenco’ brought to mind flaming colours but the show had the dancers draped in muted colours and it did make a difference – a positive one that did not affect the sharp fiery movements.
If there was any negative comments it could be that there seemed to be not much time and space for the much anticipated ‘A Tribute to the King of Pop – The Legend Lives on’. Directors especially experienced ones of the calibre of Kanthi are conscious of the time and the attention span of the audience and hence this was a consequence of such thinking.
To sum it all, it was an experience and if any item stole the show it was the ocean lived lifelike in a capital ‘O’.