During the show, whenever a good occasion was being celebrated, like the reunion of the the bride and groom or the expulsion of the dangerous uncle, Lalit, the patriarch of the family, always used one phrase to get everyone on their feet. Starting the upcoming number, he would say “Aja nachle!”. Literally meaning “Come on, let’s dance!”, I think that this message really showed the importance and instinctive nature of dance in Indian culture.
Choreographer Lorin takes a look at the score before resuming the staging of “Chuk Chuk”
To keep authenticity in the show, we had to use the same approach in our choreography process – using an Indian’s instinct to dance. Often times, when starting to stage a number, one simple dance step introduced by Namita would spiral into a thousands of ideas for the seven minute number. So, that was how we worked.
The actors, all of whom were South Asian and familiar with the culture, also pitched in their ideas, making the dance as purely Indian as it could be. Of course, the choreographers had general ideas and formations that they had planned out previously, but they really worked with what they felt was right in the moment. Indian dance is almost always about improvisation and togetherness.
Associate choreographer Namita teaches us the moves to the Finale!
So, using this method, we worked on building the story and its relationships through dance, while keeping the essence of the Punjabi spirit.
Associate choreographer Namita teaches us the moves to the Finale!
For the promotion of Monsoon Wedding, Lorin Latarro also did an interview, explaining her Monsoon Wedding experience.