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Sunday, January 3, 2010


Dance spectacular returns to Suncoast, bigger and better

Expect a whirlwind of Bollywood song and dance routines interspersed with high drama, contemporary choreography, pulsating music and more than 50 scene changes, as Eastern Moves Productions’ Dance with me Baby…Again takes centre stage at Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World from January 3 to 10.

Dance with Me Baby was the sell-out success staged in 2009 by Durban producer and choreographer Shivani Kara and colleague Bhavnesh Narotam. This time, their 150 minute production charts the highs and lows of human emotion and love over four distinct show segments: Love, Sorrow, Party and Marriage. It is a bigger, flashier production with 56 dance routines, compared to its predecessor’s 30.

“The Love (Sayaa) segment features heart-wrenching melodies and captures the feelings of first love. It’s about feeling every emotion, the heart’s first flutter, the first touch and first kiss,” says Shivani Kara. Sorrow, on the other hand, sums up the conflicting emotions of unrequited love and the experiences of lovers who are torn apart from each other. Things move up a notch with the Party segment which features the energetic, feel-good music popular among youngsters today. It is followed by the Marriage segment celebrating traditional customs like the Henna Day and the pre-wedding Sanjee party. It all ends with a grand finale sequence comprising a medley of 23 different songs, from the likes of Kishore Kumar and Rajesh Khanna of the 1960’s to the present.

For those not familiar with the Bollywood genre or Indian music, there is the energetic 12-minute dance tribute to Michael Jackson, which Kara says reproduces the late singer’s most popular music videos to perfection on-stage. Expect the ever-popular Thriller, Beat It, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal and more.

Kara is well-known to local audiences, having staged the popular East Meets West Fashion Fusion Dance Spectacular in both Durban and Johannesburg recently, as well as the sell-out debut of Dance with me Baby in both cities in 2009. She also designed the costumes for her shows. Added to the show’s total package is a special guest dance slot by popular Lotus FM jock Varshan Sookhun, whom Kara has been grooming for nearly two months in preparation for his first on-stage dance performance. Sookhun will be joined by Kara herself in a rare return to the stage.

Dance with Me Baby…Again has caught the attention of Sony Entertainment Television Asia. This channel will be airing this event internationally. It runs in a fully air-conditioned marquee at Suncoast. Prices R120 for the first five rows or R100 for other seats booked through Computicket and the Suncoast box office. Seating is reserved