Across, Not Over is a collaborative dance production choreographed by Preethi Athreya – contemporary dancer/choreographer based in Chennai, performed by Kathak dancer/choreographer Vikram Iyengar – Artistic Director of Ranan: a performance collective-cum-dance institute based in Kolkata. Concept/ Choreography – Preethi Athreya
Performer – Vikram Iyengar
Venue – Spaces, Elliot’s Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai
Music arrangement – Siddhartha Bhattacharyya
Vocal – Sudokhshina Manna Chatterjee
Sound score/ Scenography – Preethi Athreya
Publicity design – Pravin Kannanur
Videography – Vijay Bhoothalingam/ Pravin/ Akhilesh
Co-produced by – India Foundation for the Arts.
The full-length production can be viewed here –
The piece celebrates the subtle movements of the genderless ‘Kathak-body’ – much neglected in comparison to the more catchy-therefore-famous trademarks of Kathak – the footwork, the twirl and the ‘Rasa‘, in particular ‘Sringara’. The intricate expressions of the ‘kalai’ (wrist), the circular and linear motions of the upper body announcing the often unrecognized deep-set relationship of the muscles with the solar plexus, the lightweight angular head-movements that generate the mood and soul of Kathak are highlighted in the performance.