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From Tamasha to ballet

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Ace choreographer Ashley Lobo, who has choreographed songs for the several Bollywood movies like Dhoom, Jab We Met, Guzaarish, Love Aaj Kal, Tamasha, Cocktail and Rockstar among others, has been invited by the International professional dance company ‘Ballet Chemnitz’ based in Germany to choreograph a full length story telling ballet.

This is the first time that an Indian choreographer has been invited to choreograph a full length ballet overseas. Ashley will be soon flying to Germany for the same.

Before this Ashley Lobo’s Navdhara India Dance Theatre was selected from over 200 applicants to perform at the first ever International Contemporary Dance Festival held in Shanghai in August 2016. Navdhara was the only Indian dance company present there.


A source close to Ashley claims that he is glad to have this opportunity and is leaving no stone unturned to make it a memorable ballet. “ Ashley is really looking forward to work with ‘Ballet Chemnitz’ and its indeed a special one for him as this is the first time that a full length Ballet will be choreographed overseas by an Indian choreographer” says the source.

Commenting on the same, Ashley says, “Ballet Chemnitz is a full professional ballet dance company with its own theatre that performs every night. This is why it’s unique and such an honour. It’s interesting and challenging because it’s a full length piece with professional dancers I do not know who are very good at what they do and whose principal language is classical ballet more than contemporary so I will have to create something that is Neo classical.

I will be going across to meet the dancers around the 20th of this month to get a feel of things as well as meet the lights, sets, props and costume designers. They are all German so it is going to be an interesting experience communicating ideas and understanding their German way.”