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The transcendence of form:
new explorations in Odissi Dance
Concept & Choreography: Bijayini Satpathy
Music Composers: Srinibas Satapathy,
Sarah Meeran, Dhaneswar Swain.
Performer: Bijayini Satpathy
Musicians: Roopa Mahadevan ( Vocal), Sai Raman (Tabla),
S Kavichelvam (Mridangam), Vishveshwar (Flute),
Srinibas Satapathy (Flute), Sarah Meeran (Violin)
Producer: Claudia Norman for The Generators
Duke Performances at Duke University
Baryshnikov Dance Center (BAC)
Additional support for Abhipsaa-a Seeking was made possible by
New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project
With lead funding from:
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
North American Tour
Bijayini Satpathy is the foremost global master of Odissi dance. Abhipsaa-a Seeking, is her first original choreographed work and expands the form and its impact by integrating contemporary and Western music and staging in collaboration with three composers, five musicians, a costume designer, and lighting/set designer. Bijayini’s intricate movement and unusual combination of live instrumentation moves Odissi beyond its existing norms of presentation. Hailed by The New Yorker for “exquisite grace and technique” and by choreographer Mark Morris as “among the top five dancers I’ve ever seen,” Bijayini is one of the most recognizable names in Indian dance today. She has performed the world over both solo, and as the principal dancer of the acclaimed Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, all over the world and has received many national and international recognition.
The world premiere of Abhipsaa-a Seeking will take place at Duke Performances, followed by a residency in Salisbury, MD, and the New York City premiere at Baryshnikov Arts Center.
All dates TBA.
Additional dates are now being accepted.
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