Dance: Cyclops through Eastern and Western eyes

Dance: Cyclops through Eastern and Western eyes

SINGAPORE - Through the years, there have been many incarnations of the Cyclops, a mythological race of gargantuan one-eyed creatures. Now, add two more interpretations to the mix with I, Cyclops, a collaboration between Singapore's Bhaskar's Arts Academy and Canadian contemporary dance company, inDance.

They will be presenting a double bill, Purnima/I, Cyclops, at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' Lee Foundation Theatre on Sunday.

Hari Krishnan, artistic director of inDance and creator of both pieces, says: "I wanted to have an Eastern and a Western interpretation of Cyclops. For the Eastern representation, I went with the Hindu god Shiva, who has a third eye.

"The second interpretation is from pop culture. I am a fan of pop culture, and it constantly informs my work, so I took the comic book character of Cyclops from X-Men who, when he takes off his visor, engulfs the world with his vision."

Krishnan, who is in his 40s, is also assistant professor of dance at the University of Wesleyan in the United States. He says the two iterations of Cyclops are the "pillars" of his 35-minute work, which will explore the relationship between the pair.

The work features 10 dancers - three from the local dance academy and seven from the Canadian company - clad in form-fitting black mesh. In the costumes, there are hints of the zany, with black body harnesses, capes and gauntlets, while midriff-baring blouses hint at the traditional Indian sari.

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