“… A joyous incarnation of how humans are able to negotiate, to give and take respectfully, peacefully, selflessly – without losing their sense of identity or self-worth.”

– Marion Potts 

Hierarchies and power are key features of traditional Indian Kathak. Permanently seated stage left, the musician commands from a dais. Higher in the pecking order, the musician calls and the dancer respond in a game like fashion. Although the dancer’s movement is the visual focus, the dancer is not allowed to touch, grab or play the Tabla (drum), and the musician never leaves their platform to enter the dance space.

 

TWO challenges these dominant ideologies through a highly physical dance vocabulary and by introducing “live-responsiveness” and unpredictability into the relationship between musician and dancer. “Who is leading” and “who is following” will be up for grabs through-out the piece. While respectful of tradition, TWO smashes barriers and stretches the limits of musician/dancer interactions.

Credits

Creator and Choreographer
Raghav Handa

Tabla Player and Performer
Maharshi Raval

 

 

 

Dramaturg
Julie-Anne Long

Set Construction
Alejandro Rolandi

Designer
Justine Shih Pearson

Lighting Designer
Karen Norris

 

Produced by
Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

This work is currently in development stage. Available for presentation in 2021.

Marion Potts Executive Producer

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

TWO is produced by Performing Lines and Presenting Partner Form Dance Projects.

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