French choreographer Michelle Casanovas on his new show, Water Games, and his visits to Indiahttps://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/michelle-casanovas-water-games-india-france-theatre-6106828/

French choreographer Michelle Casanovas on his new show, Water Games, and his visits to India

French choreographer Michelle Casanovas, 54, has brought to Mumbai a show called Water Games, which has three performers practising the movement.

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A still from the performance of Water Games.

IT WAS in the late ’40s when Russian physician Moshe Feldenkrais suffered a knee injury while playing football. Soon after he recovered, Feldenkrais injured his knee again while working on a submarine. It was so dire that doctors gave him a 50 per cent chance of being able to walk again. Unable to fathom those odds, Feldenkrais set out to learn self-healing techniques by making small movements to explore how his knee functioned, going on to coin what is known today as ‘The Feldenkrais Method’ — an approach to improve one’s life using mindful movements that instil awareness and comfort while moving.

Fast forward to now, French choreographer Michelle Casanovas, 54, has brought to Mumbai a show called Water Games, which has three performers practising the movement. The act takes the audience on a relaxing journey with movements connected to water and the sea. Having an affinity towards water all his life, Casanovas says, “I have been wanting to put together this show for 10 years now because I am so fascinated with water. I can stare at it for hours and it is a very relaxing experience.” Casanovas, however, says that “the sea can also be rough, the waves can be high and it can take on various forms. The element of fluidity and the potential of water, however, is very fascinating”.

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Michelle Casanovas

Watching the performance and observing the performers’ movements and reactions to sound can be a relaxing experience for audiences, says Casanovas.

Having visited India for the past 12 years, Casanovas says that he enjoys teaching Indian students. “I have been coming and teaching here for years, conducting workshops and most students are so respectful and are such quick learners. My performing trio is ready to take on instructions and the hour-long performance will involve with just the three of them,” he says.

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Performed by Bhavna Pani, Dipna Daryanani and Kamakshi Saxena — who have worked with Casanovas during his earlier visits to India, say that the show is different from the ones they have done before. Speaking on her working relationship with Casanovas, Saxena, a Jaipur-based dance artist and instructor, says, “He is an excellent teacher and I feel performing the show is as enjoyable as watching it.”

The show is being held at G5A, Mahalaxmi. Tickets available on Bookmyshow.com