A mixed bag of moves

May 03, 2013, 00:22 IST | Soma Das

After ten years, choreographer Terence Lewis is back on stage with his latest production, Scrambled Eggs...Or Sunny Side Up? which combines contemporary dance and theatre

After a decade-long hiatus, dancer and choreographer Terence Lewis will return to the stage with his contemporary dance theatre production Scrambled Eggs...Or Sunny Side Up? The two-hour-long performance includes varied pieces, rolled into one.

Terence Lewis

Early on, he tells us about the name; “Scrambled Eggs is not about the philosophy in dance, but a hard take on reality. The egg is a symbol of possibilities; life is like an egg, so fragile yet so powerful with possibilities and what’s important is the process or the journey.” He tells us that first-time viewers of serious dance theatre should watch closely for hidden clues in movement as the artistes interpret their stories subtly without excessive use of costumes, props, lyrics or loud expressions. “They must dance their stories through their bodies and their technique,” reveals Lewis.

The production includes dangerous liaisons between two people in a relationship, an ancient story of the creation of languages, titled Babel, the proud swan who gets lonely and finds it tough to leave his invisible cage, and a slapstick take on sexual stereotypes. Lewis based this production on his experiences and the people he met. “Life inspires me to create dance. In my dance pieces there are clues about what the artist wants to say with movement,” he adds. His break was due to a crammed schedule with TV shows and film choreography. “Now that I’ve quit films and am restricted to teaching at the Terence Lewis Academy, it’s opened time to channelise my energies towards dance theatre,” he shares.

Scrambled Eggs brings to the stage a mix of Contemporary dance styles including Contact Work, Release Technique, Flying Low and Fighting Monkey. Summing up his new production and its message, Lewis says: “Life happens when you crack open the superficial veneer and are willing to see the reality of a situation.”

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