An acclaimed bharata natyam dancer in India in the 1950s and early 1960s, Chandralekha left the dance world for two decades before emerging as an acclaimed new choreographer in 1984. Based in Madras until her death in 2007, she was dedicated to reinvigorating traditional forms with contemporary energy. Her full-evening production Yantra was created on the occasion of Pina Bausch's visit to India in 1994, and this is the work that was seen in her company's U.S. debut at Jacob's Pillow that year.
Dance Title: Yantra
Choreography: Chandralekha (1994)
Music: Live percussion ensemble