Selcouth— Shiamak Changing The World Through Dance

Written by Nazneen JoshiMay 27, 2014
Acclaimed choreographer, Shiamak Davar delivers everything he promises to with his newest venture SELCOUTH (meaning rare, unusual, marvellous and wonderful). An electrifying contemporary dance show performed by graduates from his one-year dance certification program, it left audience members in a zen state of wow.

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With barely three professional dancers part of a troupe that comprised students who trained with Shiamak Davar’s dance academy for barely a year—Selcouth needs to be seen to be believed. The show touches upon violence, rape, women’s rights and the need of the hour: to quit living in a despicable realm of numbness. The sentiment of the show catapults into fabulous movements and a range of expressions.

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A blend of contemporary and modern dance with ballet as the base, Selcouth aimed at depicting what life is all about, illustrating everything ranging from dance, drama love to humour, horror and curiosity. Shiamak beautifully manages to take us on a terrifying journey to things we don’t see, places that frighten us and situations that make us skeptical through his contemporary dance . Without frills, a majestic set or extraordinary flamboyance on stage, one is compelled to focus solely on the dance, minus any external distractions. Challenging the way dance is perceived, Shiamak has opened up the battlefield and set a standard that seems impossible to match. Kudos to him for truly setting the stage on fire.

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Shiamak’s newest entry encapsulates ripe emotions in a passionate form that is raw, inspiring and heart-rending . Rare, unusual and magical—Selcouth left every audience member awestruck and lusting for more, During the encore, which was poignantly delivered, the man behind it all belted out some Sinatra—truly a treat, in every sense of the word.

Nazneen Joshi

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As the esteemed Dorothy Parker once said "living well is the best revenge" and I take that piece of advice to heart. A babe in the woods for all things theatrical--I like to see drama in the mundane. Fresh off the yacht into this editorial world, I look forward to bringing in a fresh, beautiful perspective.

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