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Maya Dance Theatre, a Singaporean dance theatre company who specializes in creating new Asian Aesthetic dance vocabulary, premiered its first short film on dance at the recent 23rd Singapore Film Festival on 24th April 2010 at the Screen Room, The Arts House at 1:30pm.

Dvaita is a film that was inspired by the concept of duality co-existing in one space: the embodiment of two distinct entities in one form. The body and the soul share both the feminine and masculine energy of the universe like the Hindu Deity Ardhanariswara who represents the unity of duality. The body, identified always as just one, has within itself layers waiting to be discovered by the soul.

“It was a challenge to code the movements structure to the concept and even more difficult to make the male dancer express not only through bodily grooves, but equally through emotional content. However the versatile nature of the dancer greatly assisted in the craft,” claims dance choreographer Kavitha Krishnan, creative director of Maya Dance theatre and specialist of Asian contemporary dance.

Cinematographer N. Mohamed Yahssir played a pivotal role in capturing moments that were carefully designed so as to feature the nuances of the concept through movements, facial expressions and moments. He recently bagged 4 awards at the Panasonic Digital Film Fiesta for Tamil Short Film, Checkmate. A veteran cameraman, Mr R Suppiah known in the local scene, also collaborated in the project as the cinematographer.