Photo©2017 Tara Sosrowardoyo
For those who love the theatre then take note as here’s something you may enjoy. “Dedicated” is a full-length traditional Odissi production and will premiere works that January Low learnt 3 years ago in her makeshift studio in the basement of her home from Odissi sister and star, Shrimati Sonali Mohapatra with music composed by renowned Shri Abhiram Nanda. Dedicated will be her first solo after her departure from Sutra Dance Theatre 7 years ago.
Looking back, January will share raw excerpts describing her evolution from girl, to wife to mother and how she has come to embrace all these identities fueling her passion for Odissi.
The production sees January teaming up with one of Malaysia’s treasures, Ghafir Akhbar, who will be the voice of January’s words. The decision to use a male voice was made to lend another dimension to the production and to shine a different light on topics that are in fact very female. Ghafir uses his trademark pragmatic approach, which really feels like you are sitting in the midst of a very intimate conversation between two very dear friends.
Alongside the traditional Odissi repertoire, the production will also discuss the process taken by January to reinvent the dancer that she is today, 7 years after leaving the dance institution she spent 17 years of her life in. She has taken years searching for her own voice and feels that this would be the best way to do so, through her own words and movement. Without mincing her words, she discusses what it feels like to be a woman in this day and age, narrated by a man.
A long-time coming, this production will showcase January’s dedication to her first love, Odissi-Indian classical dance .
Dedicated will be playing from the 22 (8:30pm), 23 (8:30pm) and 24 (3pm) December at BlackBox DPAC theatre. It’ll be an hour and 20 minutes of Odissi at its best.
For those who are interested in knowing more about January Low and her career thus far, here’s the inside scoop.
Photo©2017 Tara Sosrowardoyo
January Low had started her dance journey with Classical Ballet, followed by over twenty years of Indian Classical Bharata Natyam and Odissi training in Sutra Dance Theatre. She then returned to the stage with a refreshed passion for dance a year after the birth of her twins adding to her belt performances for the International Odissi Festival in Orissa (2014), ASWARA’s Dance Festival – Tari (2014), Tepak Tari (2015), Georgetown Festival (2015) and the Shantanand Dance Festival (2015). Her most recent Odissi production, ‘bloom’, was a sold-out success and was extra special as she performed while 7 months pregnant. She is currently based in Jakarta, Indonesia and aspires to continue dancing to keep the tradition of Malaysian Odissi alive, believed by many to be the bastion of some of the world’s best Odissi dancers.