This is a delightful encounter between a musician and a dancer, sparked by humour and the friendly power play of two artists whose art forms compete and collaborate.”

– Sydney Morning Herald 

In customary Indian Kathak, the dancer must never touch the drums. The player commands and the dancer must follow. That’s the rule.

This interplay lies at the heart of Raghav Handa’s TWO: an intergenerational, interdisciplinary bromance between the dynamic contemporary dancer, Raghav, and maestro tabla musician Maharshi Raval.

For close to ten years, Raghav and Maharshi have built a friendship defined – and sometimes challenged – by the hierarchy inherent between dancer and musician in traditional Indian Kathak. But what happens when conventional roles are reversed and the dancer takes control?

In a joyful celebration of trust and collaboration, the pair push the boundaries of that convention in a charming and playful testament to friendship, respect and profound exchange. Imagining new ways of working shaped by the sharing and negotiation of power, TWO presents impressive physicality, virtuosic music and witty encounters to expertly demonstrate the creative potential in respectfully challenging tradition.


Creator and Choreographer
Raghav Handa

Tabla Player and Performer
Maharshi Raval




Julie-Anne Long

Set Construction
Alejandro Rolandi

Justine Shih Pearson

Lighting Designer
Karen Norris

Production & Stage Manager
Gordon Rymer

Produced by
Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

This production is available for touring in 2021 and beyond.

Vanessa Wright Senior Producer

Presentation History

OzAsia Festival, Space Theatre
Adelaide, SA
Riverside Theatre Parramatta
Sydney, NSW
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Full Presentation History for TWO

OzAsia Festival, Space Theatre
Adelaide, SA
Riverside Theatre Parramatta
Sydney, NSW
PICA Perth
Perth, WA
Arts House
Melbourne, VIC
Brown's Mart Theatre, Darwin Festival
Darwin, NT

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

TWO is produced by Performing Lines. This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and originally presented by FORM Dance Projects as part of Dance Bites 2021 at Riverside Theatres.

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