Ascension was choreographed by Manuela Benini on a classical western and middle eastern music composition by Ash Madni, and featured a cast of three dance artists.
The performances were as intimate as they were powerful, drawing on classical Indian dances Kathak and Odissi, fused with the imagery behind Dante’s Paradiso, the third part of Dante’s poem Divine Comedy and Mars – the fifth planet of Navgraha, and ruler of the warriors.
Ascension toured in 2014 and was performed at St John’s Church as part of National Theatre’s Watch This Place Festival, at Mintfest in lake Urban Moves International dance Festival organised by Dance Manchester.
Choreography: Manuela Benini
Composer: Ash Madni
Manuela Benini, Kalidasan Chandrashekaran and Khavita Kaur.
Arts Council England
Images: Nina Head, Bethany Campbell, James Hicks