Source: tribune.com.pk; Author: Mavra Bari; Photo Courtesy: Myra Iqbal

The novelty of a French kathak dancer sparked the curiosity of many Islamabadis and drew a full house at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts on Wednesday. Sprawled on the stairs, the brimming audience didn’t anticipate the exhilarating talent of Isabelle Anna that would redefine kathak for them. The dancer’s use of Spanish and European music further gave power and diversity to her performance, as her footwork, pronounced by ghungroos worked sometimes with the music, and at times against it for heightened effect. The last number, a kind of ode to France and welcome to Pakistan, was performed on the audience’s insistence.

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