Revels ’17: Footloose
By Nida Khan
Moonwalk witnessed a considerable number of impressive performances by dancers from various colleges. Pleasing the audience with elaborate epaulets, arches, and lithe movements, they made the show dynamic by engaging in a variety of dance forms. The event head, Sushmita said, “There was a huge variety of dance forms. Even though the number of participants was a little lesser than expected, the performances were really good.”
Doing MITians proud, one dancer stood out from the rest as she performed right at the forefront of the stage, discharging enthusiasm and taking delight in the loud cheers. Her moves seemed carefully choreographed and powerfully impulsive at the same time as she switched from contortionist moves to quick shuffles to break dancing. With a playlist that consisted of well-connected songs, she danced in sync with the beats. While she physically externalized all the lyrics of the songs, she seemed to be interacting with the audience, a kind of primeval communication that only dance could manifest.
The last performer left the audience awestruck with her elaborate choreography and radiating energy. The performers skillfully channeled their impulsive emotions and proved that dance is the best form of self-expression.
By Garima Singla
Scheduled on the third day of Revels, Step Up set the stage in front of the Innovation Centre ablaze as each contestant put up a dynamic performance. With a total of three rounds, the competition was fierce. Round one required them to showcase their dancing skills on any genre, for a time period of sixty seconds. It wasn’t a surprise to see the audience astounded as they witnessed performances ranging from funky hip-hop to Bollywood dance moves. Round two focused on the contestant’s prowess to use the quirky props lying on the stage and it was breathtaking to see each of the participants put them to good use. Round three was the final ‘Face Off’ round and perhaps the most interesting one. As each participant danced their heart out to prove their mettle in this field, ‘Step Up’ had clearly accomplished its mission.
The category heads and event organizers were excited too as they called for random entries from the crowd. Dancing spontaneously to show-tunes such as ‘Doraemon’ and ‘Bob the Builder’ is definitely not a task for the weak.
By Garima Singla
The library auditorium, on the 24th of February, resonated with the sounds of ‘ghungrus’ and colorful bangles. ‘Nachle ve’ saw participants showcase their talent in the field of Eastern dances which included classical, semi-classical, and contemporary forms of dance. The penultimate round in Pre-Revels saw twelve MITians showoff some of their best moves. As contestants danced with vigor and passion to popular Punjabi and Bollywood songs, one could easily feel the energy in the auditorium.
The esteemed panel of judges included professors from the CSE and the EEE department. The judging criteria were based on several factors such as expressions, the area of stage covered, and props used. Rules, though not many, were strictly enforced. Contestants were asked to adhere to the time limit and the style of dance. The event ended with a dynamic face-off between four Bhangra dancers.
By Deepali Sahu
The audience swayed to the “Mighty Mighty MIT” chant long before ‘Groove’ – Footloose’s western group dance competition – began. This might not have been necessary if the show hadn’t started an hour after it was supposed to. However, the delay was overlooked since the event also served as the regional qualifiers for the Indian Hip-Hop Championship. Amidst the blazing lights at the Quadrangle, one out of the nine participating teams would find themselves in Mumbai later this year, competing to represent India in the world hip-hop championship. The seemingly calm and serene environment was anything but that, the second the performers hit the stage to entertain a wild crowd. Criteria for judgment ranged from synchronization to implementation; from the overall impact of the performance to the energy level and expression throughout the routine.
By Rajat Singh
‘Desi Tadka’ managed to excite the crowd who were present in good numbers and cheered for the performers. With nine teams set to battle it out in the Quadrangle, ‘Desi Tadka’ began by reveling in folk songs. Amidst the ‘Bhangra’ crew and the contemporary troop, there were a range of expressions through which each team beautifully portrayed a dramatic story as they brimmed with energy. Captivating as it was, a few teams even pulled of the human-pyramid formation with ease.
Two of A Kind
By Sai Vignesh
Two of a Kind received an enthusiastic response from the start with participants and their friends flocking to the Library Auditorium. Ranging from the energetic tango and the vibrant beats of Punjabi bhangra to graceful classical and funky Tamilian street dance, participants set the stage on fire in the time frame of the three minutes they were given. Of particular note were the performances by two Showstoppers teams who managed to invigorate the audience with the raw energy of their performance incorporating a mix of classical hip-hop and street music.
Participating teams were judged on the basis of their choreography, usage of props and their utilization of stage space. Out of the twenty participating teams, ten teams advanced to round two. An interesting filler between the two rounds was produced by the impromptu performance by John Daniel of Blitzkrieg who enraptured the audience by dancing to the tune of the song Radioactive. This was one event the audience definitely would not forget in a hurry.
By Rajat Singh
Nrityanjali brought forth the traditional dancers participating in Revels with their ghungroos matching with the treble of the tunes they swayed to. The participants lit up the Library Auditorium with their performances especially while using methodical gestures to tell their story through the dance. Such were the mudras and the facial expressions that the performers captivated the audience and even managed to convey meaning.
With a few of the participants getting qualified after the Pre-Revels round, each of them had a story to tell on the stage. Dressed in aesthetic saris and lehengas which had pleats flowing with the dancers’ moves united with the rhythmic sounds of the ghungroos captured the attention of those sitting in the auditorium. Along with the bulky dresses, most of the participants, trained for almost five to six years, had decorative ornaments for their hair, and alta, a red dye, applied on their hands which is considered as a good luck charm in Indian culture. An event so pleasing to the eye, Nrityanjali left everyone smiling for the sheer elegance it portrayed.