“Nrityanjali” opens with Samudra, an invocation to the ocean. Lasya Pallavi is an item of pure dance or Nritta, dance in response to music, without a narrative. Beautiful dance passages are born as the rhythmic syllables of the raga unfold.
An odissi dance performance typically includes pieces of pure dance (Nritta), and abhinaya and dance dramas in which mythological stories are narrated. The third piece, Saja Kanja Nayana, is an abhinaya, portraying the divine love of Radha and Krishna. This will be followed by a dance drama Draupadi, describing Draupadi’s humiliation and her ultimate surrender to the divine.
Rout will be accompanied by her senior students, all of whom she has groomed into successful soloists. For the odissi dancer, dance is more than a stage performance, it is an act of worship that enables both the performers and the audience to glimpse the divine.
Sunday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m. Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. $12 advance general; $18 at door; $12 advance student/senior; $15 at door. (510) 845-8542. www.juliamorgan.org.