January 26, 2013
Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, Washington D.C.
January 31, 2013
Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, New York, NY
An Indian princess, an ardent troubador, and an enchanted journey through an exotic landscape …
Kalanidhi Dance collaborated with Opera Lafayette in the modern re-staging of Felicien David’s 19th century French Opera, Lalla Roukh. The production premiered on January 26th at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, and on January 31st at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York.
Lalla Roukh is set in Kashmir, where an Indian princess is en route to marry the King of Samarkand. It is based on a poem by Thomas Moore named after the historical Lalla Roukh, daughter of the last Moghul emperor of India.
“Here the director, Bernard Deletré, devised an unusual solution when he brought in … the exquisite Kalanidhi dance troupe choreographed by Anuradha Nehru to add vibrant touches of authenticity to the dress and movement of characters who otherwise seem less rooted in South Asia than in commedia dell’arte.”- New York Times
“Opera Lafayette has survived by mastering the art of putting on shows with little in the way of window-dressing. Here, the show relies on Indian dancers (choreographed by Anuradha Nehru) to match the smoky perfumes of the score.”- Super Conductor
“There isn’t a moment of sorrow or solemnity in this play, complete with … upbeat dance numbers by Maryland-based dance troupe Kalanidhi Dance.”- Edge Media Network