Diwali – Indian Festival of Lights
Every year in October or November a varied dance program is presented on the occasion of the Diwali Indian Light Festival.
Dance Theatre “Pancha Bhuta – The Five Elements”
According to Indian philosophy, the world manifests itself by the five universal elements Bhumi (earth), Jala (water), Agni (fire), Vayu (air) and Akasha (space). Their interactions keep life on the Earth in motion, making it evolve towards perfection. But the same forces can also trigger conflicts or catastrophies.
This interdisciplinary dance theatre combines classical and contemporary Indian Dance with Yoga and the South Indian martial art Kalaripayattu. D. Keshava has composed the music to Pancha Bhuta together with Swiss and Indian musicians living in Switzerland.
Stories from the Bible
A unique blend of Hindu and Christian culture
The dancer family Keshava dances and tells stories and prayers from the Bible. In their full-length program Keshava, Anjali and Sumitra interpret several stories from the Bible by means of dance, pantomime and music. They present Noah and his Ark, the life of Mary Magdalene and the story of the greedy publican Zacchary. The Keshavas found a way to blend two cultures into an exciting and enriching combination.
Human dignity and human rights, as well as working discrimination, discrimination according to sex, religion or background are the focal themes of this production.
The art of Indian Dance is a language in itself. The artist expresses his thoughts and emotions through hand gestures (Mudras) and acting (Abhinaya). Using the typical Indian Dance elements D. Keshava choreographed the biblical stories and went new ways based on the old techniques.