I'm sending this one out for a particular friend who has more than once in recent days been communicating her doubts to me on a subject that is dear to my heart. It is reported from Toronto, no less, that:
A game that has been adopted by many different cultures around the world gave Lata Pada a universal language to work with when she created HowZaat!, one of two works in Sampradaya Dance Creations' touring show, opening tonight at the Premiere Dance Theatre.Of particular interest to my sceptical friend aforesaid will be this passage:
Noting the rise of cricket in the GTA, where there are now more than 40 junior leagues sharing space with, and sometimes supplanting, baseball teams, Pada says the game has functioned as a force to break down barriers.And this statement got me thinking:
Cricket is a bridge-builder between genders, social classes and even warring countries, especially India and Pakistan. When she grew up in India, says Pada, girls played but were always relegated to minor positions in the field. Now there are several women's cricket teams in India.
"What is most exciting," says Pada, "is how the physicality of cricket translates into dance."It got me thinking two ways. First, could you dance an innings by, say, Michael Atherton? Second, and more seriously, there are certain things in cricket - and this is part of its glory - that you couldn't improve on in dance. I'm not saying you couldn't make them wonderful as dance. But you couldn't improve on their own cricket-specific splendour. You can find your way to one of them here. And Denis Compton or Barry Richards batting; Michael Holding running in to bowl; Mark Waugh's slip-catching. Than which nothing. (Thanks: Alan A.)