The Celebration of Marriage and Love (or the Gods of Egypt)
October 6, 2014
John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
October 9, 2014
Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Kalanidhi collaborated with Opera La Fayette in this modern re-staging of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 18th century French Opera, Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, ou Les Dieux d’Égypte (The Celebrations of Marriage and Love, or the Gods of Egypt). The production premiered on October 6, 2014, at the John F. Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall and on October 9, 2014 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Fredrick P. Rose Hall.
Three critically acclaimed dance companies – representing Egyptians, Amazons, and Gods of the Nile – wove this romantic tale into seven magnificent ballets, complementing the musicality of cast and chorus. Each act was directed by one of the production’s three contributing choreographers: Catherine Turocy of the New York Baroque Dance Company, Anuradha Nehru of Kalanidhi Dance, and Seán Curran of the Seán Curran Company.
The rare collaboration of baroque, classical, Indian, and modern dance traditions highlighted the work’s central metaphor of uniting peoples through the discovery of enduring love and beauty.
“So the dancers — or rather, the contrasts between them — ended up carrying the evening. The main group, the New York Baroque Dance Company … was challenged in new ways by the contrast with Kalanidhi Dance, led by Anuradha Nehru …” – The Washington Post
“Perhaps not surprising, but painful for a music critic to report, the dance stole the show.” – The New York Times
“The Kalanidhi Dance Company and its founder-director Anuradha Nehru … would periodically sweep onto the stage … taking the energetic experience of the whole work to a higher level.” – DC Theatre Scene
“Opera Lafayette … enlisted three dance companies of different genres … the contrast and complementarity of their styles underscored the theme while making for an enchanting evening.” – The Wall Street Journal