Art forms require an unprecedented amount of practice. You practically live the art - Complete dedication and commitment to the art form are qualities that take one forward. Neewin Hershall is one such devoted classical dancer who has achieved astounding laurels and recognition at national as well as international levels. With productions such as Crossroads (2008), Manohra (2009), Rudram (2010) and Abhyas (2013) to his name, the artiste is considered a world authority on Bharatnatyam.
In an interview with S.Priyanka of sify.com, Neewin Hershall candidly talks about his love for the arts, his most challenging recitals, upcoming productions and inspiration.
Excerpts from the interview:
A versatile choreographer, you have staged numerous productions from dance dramas to contemporary works in Bharatnatyam. Which has been your most challenging recital and why?
‘I Carry Your Heart’ - A collaboration with Nirmala Seshadri a site-specific work at a hospital Sculpture Garden in 2015 has been the most challenging. It was an expression through Bharatanatyam and Japanese dance theatre form Butoh.
Butoh was new to me and it demanded more than physical and emotional connection. It was mentally challenging to respond to the stone sculptures and execute the feelings and emotions to the audience.
The work was created and performed in a public space which made it all the more challenging.
Photos courtesy: Neewin Hershall