DANCE LIKE A MAN
By Mahesh Dattani
Directed by Sindu Singh
Produced by Basab Pradhan
December 2nd to 13th, Sunnyvale Theatre
How far can a man pursue his art in a culture that doesn’t view dance as an acceptable male vocation?
The classical dance form of Bharatanatyam serves as the backdrop to this timeless story of two dancers – husband and wife – who struggle with their ambitions in a society that shackles them with expectations and boundaries.
Mahesh Dattani, India’s foremost playwright in the English language, weaves a finely textured tale around the two central characters with both light-hearted, comic moments and high drama.
Dance Like a Man is a brilliant study of human relationships framed by the age-old battle between tradition and youthful rebellion. It was made into a film in 2004 directed by Pamela Rooks and won the National Award for Best Feature Film in English. The cast included the ace dancer Shobana, Anoushka Shankar and Mohan Agashe.
Dance Like a Man was staged by BAD Company at Sunnyvale Theatre. There were five shows on December 2, 6, 10, 12 and 13, 2015. You can learn more about this production, including a listing of the full cast and crew, by visiting the archived page for the play. Blog posts for Dance Like a Man can be found here.