Watching Prakash move in slow motion is beautiful, as she intentionally carves through the space. She’s purposeful and majestic.
Dance Dispatches
Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer Mythili Prakash, chosen by Akram Khan as his ‘choreographer of the future’ for DU’s Four by Four Commissions, brings her latest creation to Croydon as part of Dance Umbrella Festival’s takeover of Fairfield Halls.
Here and Now is a contemporary reflection on Mythili’s relationship with time; as a mother, an artist and a human being. Inspired by the illusory nature of time in Eastern philosophy and myth, where whole lifetimes are played out in the blink of an eye, Here and Now explores the human struggle to be in the present.
Internationally acclaimed as a leading practitioner of Bharata Natyam, Mythili began her training with her mother Viji Prakash and is now mentored by Malavika Sarukkai.   She has toured her own work internationally with creative collaborators including her brother/vocalist Aditya Prakash who, along with Percussion artist Sumesh Narayanan, has created the music for this piece. Here and Now features live vocal by Sushma Soma and live percussion and vocal by Sumesh Narayanan.

Make sure to head to the Fairfield Halls ahead of the show for Courtyard Kutcheri; from 6pm local South Asian dance groups and live music will enliven the Fairfield foyer.

A Dance Umbrella Four by Four commission

Produced and presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Fairfield Halls and Croydon Council

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Concept, Choreography & Performance Mythili Prakash

Vocal Sushma Somasekharan

Percussion Sumesh Narayanan

Music Composition Aditya Prakash & Sumesh Narayanan

Lighting Design Guy Hoare

Rehearsal Director Mavin Khoo

Production Manager Andy Stock

Sound Engineer Mark Webber

Sound Recording & Mixing M.T. Aditya, Mount Atlas Studios, Chennai

Violin on recording Easwar Ramakrishnan

Guitar on recording Vicenzo Lamagna

Vocals and Percussion on recording Sumesh Narayanan

Costume C.A. Joy

Produced and presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Fairfield Halls and Croydon Council
Supported by The Point Eastleigh