The end of January admittedly doesn’t have a lot going for it. Once you recover from the
New Year excitement and attempts at keeping resolutions, the finger drumming begins as
you wonder how to make the most of the last days of the first month of the year.
Thank God for the genius who decided to mix hip hop with ballet and bring it to Chennai.
On the 30th of January, the Bonjour India Festival of France will present their Urban Ballet.
Organised by the French Embassy in association with the Alliance Francaise of Madras and
the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, it will feature four acts, all an insight that will
showcase the four different ways of manifesting the body.
Ballet Preljocaj is a dance troupe that seamlessly blends two very different kinds into
one. The dance starts off with dancers contained to the centre of the stage but later,
breaking away and out into individual moves, expressing their individuality and liberation.
Their choreographer, Anthony Eega, is no stranger to innovative dance; his work includes
Amazones and Triptyk, which focuses on women and hip hop, and Soli and Clash, a duo
dance piece. The show will be held at the Sri Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Auditorium Lady
Andal School, 5, Harrington Road, Chetpet on January 30 at 7.30pm. If your eyebrows are
still raised, remember the French are pretty good when it comes to revolutionizing stuff.
If you still prefer the joys of a more vocal expression of art, the American Consulate is
bringing the Chicago Children’s Choir. It isn’t a big deal. Except they’ve won an Emmy. And
preformed all over the world. With people like Beyonce. And they’re in town on the 31 st
at the Lady Andal Auditorium and you should probably just really check them out. With 45
singers from the ages 12-18, they sing everything from pop to gospel for everyone from the
Dalai Lama to the Clintons. Passes are available at the American Consulate and entry is free.