The piece was initially inspired by Woody Allen’s brilliant ‘Death Knocks’, a one-act play he wrote in 1968 and featured two characters; the dance languages work in dialogue and are based on opposites: dark and light, negative and positive. Highly energetic and a great display of world class dramatic kathak and barathanatyam styles, this collaboration leaves you mesmerized and full of emotion. In addition to the duet, the piece also treats you to two solo pieces from each dance artist.
The live music is arranged by the company's musical director and tabla maestro, Sarvar Sabri.
“Ash and I are creating a piece which was initially inspired by Woody Allen’s brilliant ‘Death Knocks’, a one-act play he wrote in 1968,” says Sonia. “The play, which was part of Woody’s famous stand-up routine, featured two characters, a grumpy old guy called Nat, and Death; it’s really a monologue about our fear of dying, but it’s also extremely funny! The dance languages work in dialogue and are based on opposites: dark and light, negative and positive, etc.”
“Featuring beautiful, energetic and visually stunning dance, exquisite costumes and live music...” Bournemouth Seeker
SoniaSabriCo's Kaavish is the exciting duet Labyrinth. Sonia Sabri holds her own against the deadly perfumed force that is Ash Mukherjee. Donald Hutera
“Kaavish unites two superb, charismatic, classical dancers in a subtly nuanced, passionate and outstanding duet. This partnership is long overdue but who can begrudge waiting for such excellence.” Graham Watts, freelance critic
…. the audience was treated to a new work Labyrinth, choreographed by Sabri and Bharatanatyam dancer Ash Mukherjee. Inspired by Woody Allen’s Death Knocks and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, the work aims to take us into a maze where we see dark and light, negative and positive. Sabri and Mukherjee work brilliantly together with their styles of dance sometimes blending and sometimes jarring in an echo of those contrasts.
At times totally mesmerising, it may only be 45 minutes long but Labyrinth certainly takes us through a rollercoaster not just of emotion but also of energy. It was a fitting finale to this celebration of Sonia’s work so far and leaves us wondering what the next decade will bring. Diane Parkes