“… 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 

The essence of traditional Indian Kathak is based on hierarchies and power. The musician or Tabla (drum) player is at the top. They lead and the dancer follows, and at no point would the musician ever leave their designated platform on stage left. Similarly, the dancer must never touch the musician during the performance. This is the way it has always been.

But what happens when these roles are reversed? What happens when the musician comes into the dancer’s space? What happens if the dancer starts playing the Tabla; if the dancer takes control?

In TWO Raghav Handa lovingly explores historical formalities and traditions and challenges them through a highly physical and playful dance vocabulary. Unlike traditional Kathak, he introduces “live-responsiveness” and unpredictability into the interactions between musician and dancer.

While respectful of tradition, TWO is risk taking and experimental in its performance, demonstrating that creativity and diversity can in fact nurture growth and enrichment.


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


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 presented by Form Dance Projects. This project is supported through a residency at the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Sydney.

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