Moonbeam – 1992

Moonbeam01Inspired by its Moghul style costumes, Moonbeam is a work of unusual peace, serenity and austere romanticism. Premiered in 1992 at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, by two of India’s most renowned dancers, Mallika Sarabhai and Sasidharan Nair, Moonbeam was subsequently reset on American dancers and has since been performed around the U.S. and the world.

One of its recent performances took place at the launch of Wall Street Rising, a civic organization charged with the mission of helping to revitalize New York City’s Lower Manhattan district following the 9/11 tragedy.

Moonbeam was described by Indian writer, poet and dance critic Vasanthi Sankanarayanan as “Lovers, lonely in a fierce world, seeking out each other, entering the quiet, tranquil world of a moonbeam, cocooned by its silver glow, protected from a world of violence beyond, reflected the pathos, uncertainty and the occasional glimmer of hope.”

The Adagio from Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto serves as the music and costumes are designed by Sandhya Raman.

“Lovers, lonely in a fierce world, seeking out each other, entering the quiet, tranquil world of a moonbeam, cocooned by its silver glow, protected from a world of violence beyond, reflected the pathos, uncertainty and the occasional glimmer of hope.”

-Vasanthi Sankanarayanan, The Hindu (Madras, India)