WORKS IN PROGRESS
New Choreography Projects in Development by Sanjay Saverimuttu
Against the Waves
Premieres in Amplified Dance Concert on Mar 6 & 7 at 7:30 and Mar 8 at 2:00 at the Guignol Theatre
After his week-long residency with the University of Kentucky Dance Department, Sanjay Saverimuttu, has developed a new ensemble dance work for the Amplified Dance Concert. His new work Against the Waves is inspired by the real life story of Sonali Deraniyagala, a survivor of the 2004 tsunami that hit the west coast of Sri Lanka. Saverimuttu not only depicts the story of how Deraniyagala lost her parents, husband, and two children to the deadly waves but also her emotional recovery and how one deals with grief after such a life altering event. This dance work is an exploration of how one doesn’t necessarily get past grief, but also how healing can only begin by confronting one’s memories, not ignoring them. Music for this piece is by the all female group, AVA, from their album, Waves. Those who wish to learn more of Deraniyagala’s story are encouraged to read her debut memoir, “Wave.” Features lighting by Heather Brown and costumes by Aaron Chvatal.
Premieres at Spring Dance Festival on May 15 at 8 and May 17 at 6:00 at the Brown Theatre
Ascension is inspired by the matriarchal societies of elephants, more specifically the peaceful transition of power when a leader is ready to move on. Their leaders are decided based on experiences and the memories they've acquired over the years, not necessarily by seniority or brute strength. It's similar to the transitions we go through as students (and even company dancers) as the older dancers prepare themselves for life after graduation (or retirement), and the younger ones are left worrying about the big shoes they have left to fill. Much like majestic elephants, Ascension, seeks to showcase the power, grace, and reverence of the dancers of the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble.