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Kamini Dandapani, Narthaki.com

“Also, Bharatanatyam has well and truly entered the 21st century as it engages with an increasingly wide range of themes... View Article

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Kamini Dandapani, Narthaki.com

“Also, Bharatanatyam has well and truly entered the 21st century as it engages with an increasingly wide range of themes and ideas, pushing into thought-provoking political and socio-cultural realms, the abstract and the concrete, and embracing the myths, stories and issues of the world at large.”

“The dancing, by all four dancers, was absolutely top-notch. The choreography was outstanding, and the whole production was tightly woven together and perfectly executed.”

 

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Diandra Reviews, Diandra Reviews It All

“These dancers turns their bodies into a language; as if every hand-motion or foot stomp is a hieroglyphic. By the... View Article

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Diandra Reviews, Diandra Reviews It All

“These dancers turns their bodies into a language; as if every hand-motion or foot stomp is a hieroglyphic. By the end of their act, you swear they could be painted on the sacred walls of pyramids because they are so visually potent. “

“Each of these women, as horsemen/ humans, chose a role, and their sufferings measured whether they were worthy of it. From being a lover to being a mother, it is a tricky question to ask if suffering is deserved or necessary because, in the end, it simply is apart of life. Yet, Four Horsemen asked its audience to see pain like a roadblock; it only hinders path until you, finally, finish building over it.”

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Alastair Maccaulay, New York Times

“The interplay of the sculptural and rhythmic aspects of Indian dance was compelling…riveting” – Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance... View Article

Alastair Maccaulay, New York Times

“The interplay of the sculptural and rhythmic aspects of Indian dance was compelling…riveting” – Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance 2015

Marina Harss, www.thefasetertimes.com

"The ensemble performed three works, of which the most vivid was perhaps Shadjam, a vignette that depicted a group of girls preparing for a visit by Shiva, in his lover-man guise. As they combed each other's hair and praised each other's beauty (in mime), I could see the next group preparing in a tent off-stage, busy with similar tasks. For a moment, art intermingled with life."

Marina Harss, www.thefasetertimes.com

“The ensemble performed three works, of which the most vivid was perhaps Shadjam, a vignette that depicted a group of girls preparing for a visit by Shiva, in his lover-man guise. As they combed each other’s hair and praised each other’s beauty (in mime), I could see the next group preparing in a tent off-stage, busy with similar tasks. For a moment, art intermingled with life.” – Erasing Borders Festival of Dance 2012

Appolinaire Scherr, Financial Times

“It is this devotional aspect of Indian dance that latter-day choreographers tend to emphasise, as did American Bharata Natyam practitioner... View Article

Appolinaire Scherr, Financial Times

“It is this devotional aspect of Indian dance that latter-day choreographers tend to emphasise, as did American Bharata Natyam practitioner Sonali Skandan with a section of Swarupa: Infinite Form, a meditative ensemble piece less to do with the gods than with our worship of them.” – Erasing Borders Festival of Dance 2012

Alastair Maccaulay, New York Times

“Technical precision and geometric skill…” – Erasing Borders Festival of Dance 2012

Alastair Maccaulay, New York Times

“Technical precision and geometric skill…” – Erasing Borders Festival of Dance 2012

Ryan Wenzel, www.dancetabs.com

“The choreography – full of statuesque balances and sharp lines formed by the arms – was attractively modest and had... View Article

Ryan Wenzel, www.dancetabs.com

“The choreography – full of statuesque balances and sharp lines formed by the arms – was attractively modest and had simple but powerful geometries..” – Erasing Borders Festival of Dance 2012

Annie Wolle, www.eyeondance.org

“The choreography was an impressive blending of the strength inherent in the technical aspects of the form and the exuberant... View Article

Annie Wolle, www.eyeondance.org

“The choreography was an impressive blending of the strength inherent in the technical aspects of the form and the exuberant emotions that exist in the stories being told…Her [Sonali Skandan] charisma on stage permeated every piece and drew the eyes of the audience as she shifted her gaze in conjunction with the movement.” -Mayura:Blue Peacock, Chen Dance Center 2014

nytheatre.com

"Skandan's sharp control and stunning speed culminate in ecstasy….Skandan's choreography here has a follow-through of motion that is somehow natural yet tense with the pull of mystery."

Swarupa Infinite Form, NY International Fringe Festival 2011

nytheatre.com

“Skandan’s sharp control and stunning speed culminate in ecstasy….Skandan’s choreography here has a follow-through of motion that is somehow natural yet tense with the pull of mystery.”

Swarupa Infinite Form, NY International Fringe Festival 2011

Robert Johnson, NJ Star Ledger

"In 'Swarupa: Infinite Form,' the Indian dancer Sonali Skandan rises above the pull-and-tug of history…Skandan and her dancers are never less than correct."

Swarupa Infinite Form, NY International Fringe Festival 2011

Robert Johnson, NJ Star Ledger

“In ‘Swarupa: Infinite Form,’ the Indian dancer Sonali Skandan rises above the pull-and-tug of history…Skandan and her dancers are never less than correct.”

Swarupa Infinite Form, NY International Fringe Festival 2011