Manick Sorcar's HARMONY 2002
Wins the Hearts of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
|“The show itself promotes respect for diverse
cultures and living in harmony. It is a tantalizing two-hour show
that uplifts spirits and rejuvenates hope for humanity.”
||September 28, 2002
"Harmony 2002", the long awaited performance of Manick
Sorcar and his troupe of 14 members, started at 7 pm at the
prestigious Procter and Gamble Hall of the Aronoff Center for Performing
Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio. Sorcar, the director
of Harmony 2002, was interviewed by CBS for a live broadcast on
television to promote his new stage production as a fundraiser for
AID. Several leading Ohio newspapers gave excellent news coverage
of the unique event which integrated live actors with multi-media
lighting and laser technology.
Scenes from Harmony 2002 at Cincinnati, Ohio.
Grand Opening Ceremony
Scene from Harmony
|The event was graced by the presence of Councilman
John Cranley, City and County of Cincinnati. The Opening Ceremony
was based on a prayer music piece, which fused of the beats of the
East and West. The unique number was enhanced with Sorcar’s
spectacular animation and beam effects by the cutting edge technology
Councilman John Cranley
The two hour show reflected its
"harmony" theme keeping in mind the disturbing incidents
that took place during the past year, including September 11
attack, communal riots in India and Israel-Palestinian clashes,
to name a few. In its "Harmony" item, a group of dancers
united to explore the idea of peace on earth, where the Sun
gave special shine for the hope of a new day. The Mayor of Cincinnati,
Mr. Charlie Luken, proudly announced to the audience "..A
two-hour tantalizing show that uplifts the spirit and helps
to bring people together in Greater Cincinnati".
It might be interesting to know that Manick Sorcar is one of the
handful of US animators who uses laser for moving animation.
Through "SorcarScope", he combined the life-size laser
animation to act with live actors on stage - a feature that
is absolutely unique of Manick Sorcar. An electrical
engineer specializing in lighting , Manick Sorcar weaved
his training in science with his skill in artistry to produce
the two hour show which awed the audience.
"Like da Vinci", wrote The News Record of Cincinnati,
Ohio, "Sorcar is nothing short of a renaissance man. By
combining laser beams, animation, computer graphics, magic and
traditional Indian dance, Sorcar manages to create an awe-inspiring
Indian fantasy world".
||The other items included "Anarkali",
where the audience was taken to the Mughal era of India, and "Underwater
Fantasy", where they were lifted from their seats to the
bottom of blue ocean to witness the rescue of a fairy queen. Sorcar
had a special item for the children in the audience where he screened
"The Sage & The Mouse",
an international award winning animation.
This production was directed, produced
and animated by Sorcar.