‘Riddles in the Dark’, a film that mixes dance, theater and Tolkien

Ainesh Madan, an artist based in Bengaluru, describes himself as a “learner, dancer, teacher”. After working as a dancer-choreographer abroad and in India, Ainesh has now imagined a 20-minute film, Riddles in the dark, which he describes as a work of physical theater inspired by the character of Sméagol/Gollum from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ringswritten by JRR Tolkien.

“The choreography is designed for one dancer and captures the evolution of the central character through six different scenes. Each scene is based on a critical moment in the character’s life,” explains the dancer, who is also co-founder of 206 Dance. Collective.

The film is made by a four-member team, including Ainesh. The others are Anushka Meenakshi and Sachin Gurjale (conductor) and Joshua Sailo (repetiteur). The film stars Ainesh and is conceptualized and choreographed by him. The dancer adds that the film is supported by the ThinkArts Grant 2022 and 206 Dance Collective and that he received a grant from ThinkArts for this project.

“Kolkata-based Thinkarts supports child-focused work. The film was shot entirely at Shoonya Center for Performing Arts, Bengaluru, and our goal is to inspire children to engage in the performing arts and choose books such as The Lord of the Rings Where The Hobbit and read and discover the limitless universe of these stories.

A still from the movie

A still from the film | Photo credit: special arrangement

Why not do the same with Indian literature, such as the Panchatantra? Ainesh replies that he intends to do exactly that in the future, but to start with, The Lord of the Rings it is.

The film will have its virtual premiere on September 10 at 5 p.m. and September 11 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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