Sangam at Dancehouse - Commisions
Thursday 11 March 2021 - Saturday 13 March 2021
Two triple bill shows, each featuring 3 extraordinary performances including stellar international and local artists on 3 evenings. Both classical and contemporary South Asian dance will be seen at Dancehouse the premier space for contemporary dance in Australia. Not to be missed. These artists were mentored by renowned dancers Priyadarsini Govind, Mavin Khoo and Dr. Chandrabhanu to create new works.
Program One - 6:30pm
Kasi Aysola’s work Eyes explores the fragmented and multiple viewpoints and perspectives of the God who falls from grace.
Shyama Sasidharan and Divya Shreejit Kumar’s duet Melbourne Rasa focuses on the migrant emotional and political struggle to ‘belong’ by investigating multiple emotional landscapes using both screen and live performance.
Rukshikaa Elankumaran’s work Amma: The Loss of our Motherland uses classical Indian dance and is based on the Tamil Eelam liberation struggles in Sri Lanka exploring the emotions Tamil refugees and migrants experienced when they fled the country fearing persecution and genocide.
Program Two - 8:00pm
Shriraam Theivendran’s work Sacred Sensuality navigates the interplay of love, lust and religious sentiment through the classical dance medium. He asks “Is it improper, sinful even, to gaze at the Lord with thoughts of lust?”
Sooraj Subramaniam’s work Nimbus is a contemporary dance solo journeying into the internal conflicts humans undergo when their expectations, their dreams, their aspirations get broken, where the rain of a nimbus (a dark and amorphous cloud) serves as metaphor
Raina Peterson’s work Maya (excerpts) is an experimental solo dance work exploring Hindu conceptions of the self and the cosmos through a trans lens, and vice versa – exploring the trans experience using the frameworks of Hindu philosophy.
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