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Songs to Live For

Make Space

Parijat Desai, Aditi Dhruv, Kiley Durst, Belinda He, Mohan Kulasingam,
Cori Marquis, Riyo Mito and guests
Projection designed by Swati Khurana and Neeraj Churi

Saturday, June 5, 2010, 8p
Sunday, June 6, 2010, 3p, 7p
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As part of their residency at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Parijat Desai Dance Company will perform in the venue's Theater 2 this June. PDDC will present two new works in development at TPAC, Songs To Live For and Make Space.

Songs To Live For, a dance theater work based on Hindustani vocal music, explores the profound longing evoked by this thumri and khayal in particular. Responding to the quality of the music—its spacious vocals and rhythmic punctuations—dancers move alone, in pairs, and as an ensemble, in a blend of postmodern dance and classical gesture.

Hindustani music is rich with romantic poetry written by various poets, and Desai uses thumri as a vehicle to investigate gender and desire. With the help of visual projections by Swati Khurana and Neeraj Churi, Songs also references the Mughal court where this music emerged.

Songs To Live For is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Set to electronic music by South Asian American artists, Make Space rewires the sculptural positions of bharata natyam using postmodern/modern dance techniques, and remixes classical footwork patterns in response to contemporary beats. Dancers undulate and slide their bodies, creating openings within rigid classical forms. Desai also experiments with spatial relationships between bodies, traveling those new forms out into space, into the floor, into the air.

  Photo by Sallie DeEtte Mackie, Performers: Aditi Dhruv, Anjali Tata, Parijat Desai
...a major talent who bears watching...offering clean, crisp, rhythmic
attacks...a powerhouse-  Los Angeles Times
...bold, definitive interpretations...clarity and flair predominate-  India Post