Beginning Friday January 2 at 7.30 and 8.30 pm, with a special show on Sunday at 7.30 pm, the Omaggio dance company offer an almost surreal performance that explores the theme of ‘the playground’ that is our mind. Set in a customized studio space at Tito’s Whitehouse in Arpora, viewers will be transported to another world, for the affordable ticket cost of Rs 500 or Rs 800 for the front row. Goa’s residents, tourists and families with children will be enthralled at this opportunity to experience the closest thing to the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, in India. Tickets can be purchased at Tito’s Whitehouse, Tito’s supermarkets and soon online as well.
Omaggio which means 'homage' in Italian was started by an choreographer and artistic director Tino Sanchez and his life partner, a former VJ, actor and dancer Peeya Rai Chaudhari. Tino and Peeya, have both had international training and work experience in Madrid, London and New York, having worked in famous productions like Miss Saigon, Chicago, West Side Story; and films like Gurinder Chadha's Bride and Prejudice respectively. And like their cross-cultural backgrounds suggest, their philosophy of training is also a fusion of Western professional performing arts techniques with Eastern spiritual practices, complementing each other.
Company members are hard at work from early in the morning, training their bodies and minds with Indian cultural practices like meditation and yoga, as well as Western dance methods like ballet. It's this hard work, dedication and passion that sets Omaggio apart from other dance training schools in India. And this is what attracted one of Goa's best singers Joanne Fernandes to join them and get coached in performance through training in physical theatre. "It feels like being in a dance movie like 'Step Up'. We don't have dance schools like this here. I feel like I'm in another country," Joanne shares.