Sowgandhika Krishnan reviews the dance drama, ‘Einige Todsünden’, an adaptation of the book “”Les liaisons dangereuses”. “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody”, said Mark Twain. A lot of research in psychology as well as a lot of art and literature has centered around the dark side of human personality. One such example is the 18th century book “”Les liaisons dangereuses” (Dangerous Liaisons) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Over the years, the book has been adapted into a play, a Broadway production, a film, as well as the rewriting titled ‘Quartet’ by Heiner Müller. Closer home, a Basel based NGO, ‘The Dancers for the World’ (DFW)* have adapted it into a dance drama ‘Einige Todsünden’ (a few deadly sins), choreographed, directed and produced by Catherine Habasque. THE SHOW – THROUGH THE REVIEWER’S EYES The story, told through a series of letters written by the characters to each other, revolves around the corrupt, bestial, perverted and libertine court life of the French aristocracy shortly before the French Revolution. The two main characters Vicomte de Valmont (Valmont) and Marquise de Merteuil (Marquise) are libertine aristocrats who derive pleasure in ruining the good name of many a modest family, their latest victims being a married woman (Madame de Tourvel) and a young maiden (Cécile). Their Machiavellian tactics with the two ladies however result in a social...Read More
For an enjoyable easy hike with spectacular views of an alpine lake, Oeschinensee is at the top of my list. A trip here is suitable for children, babies in strollers and the elderly. You could go on a day trip to the lake, or even combine it with a weekend getaway in Kandersteg. Getting there is very straight forward. Take the train to Kandersteg. From the train station, walk for 15 minutes; or take the 8-minute bus ride to the cable car station. Follow the signs in the town. The price for the cable car ride is CHF 26.00...Read More
Basel recently played host to America’s best known cultural ambassador – the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and I had the opportunity to tick one more ‘artist to watch’, off my bucket list. Established in 1958, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre brings forth a mix of ballet, contemporary dance, modern dance and African native dances through striking themes. Alvin Ailey grew up at a time when African Americans faced racial discrimination, violence and lynching. He met his mentor Lester Horton in 1949 and learnt classical ballet jazz, native American dances, painting, acting, music, set design, and costuming. He took over...Read More
Sowgandhika Krishnan reviews ‘Evita’ – a musical by Andrew Webber that shows Eva Peron’s journey from rags to riches. Eva Peron is a controversial political figure and Andrew Webber is well known for his musicals. So a chance to watch ‘Evita’ – an Andrew Webber musical about Eva Peron’s rags to riches story – was something I wasn’t going to miss. Even if it was on a Sunday! I was looking forward to the musical’s most successful number – “Don’t cry for me Argentina” and, the portrayal of a controversial protagonist on stage, especially one who dies at the...Read More
Summer time is the time to travel far and wide. Prat Das Kanungo shares his adventures in Indonesia. When I told my friends that I am travelling to Indonesia this summer, many were concerned about the unstable and fundamentalist state of my chosen destination. But, what I found in my two weeks long stay in this South-East-Asian archipelago was nothing short of magical. Coexistence of religions, breathtaking views from volcanic mountains, amazingly colourful marine life, ancient temples and cannibal dragons, they have it all. Of the 13,000 plus islands, I could only visit three major ones – Java, Bali and...Read More
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