Raghav Handa Explores The Relationship Between The Musician And Dancer In TWO

Published by: Kabuku PR | 24-Jan-2021
FORM Dance Projects will present the premiere of Raghav Handa's TWO, a dance work produced by Performing Lines.
Venue: Riverside Theatres
Address: Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Date: 18 - 20 February 2021
Time: 8:00pm on Thursday 18th February to Saturday 20th February; 2:30pm on Saturday 20th February
Ticket: Adult $38, Conc $28 and Student $22.
Buy / Ticket: https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/dancebites-two/
Web: https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/dancebites-two/
TWO is a new work that lovingly subverts the conventional wisdom underpinning traditional Indian Kathak, running at Riverside Theatres from 18th to 20th February.

Central to the traditional Indian Kathak is the performance of hierarchies and relations of power. Higher in the pecking order, the musician controls the dance and, from their platform, they call to the dancer. The dancer responds to the call, almost like a game, but they never overtake the musician. They are followers, not leaders. Performed alongside long-time collaborator and table player, Maharshi Raval, TWO challenges these dominant ideologies through a highly physical dance vocabulary and by introducing elements of "live responsiveness¬Ě and unpredictability to the relationship between musician and dancer.

Handa is an Australian choreographer and performer of Indian heritage with training in modern contemporary dance. Inspired by his birthright, his works combine traditional Kathak principles and contemporary movement with speed and precision to create multifaceted, engaging explorations of modern Australian cultural identity. TWO comes off the back of a successful premiere season of his work, Cult of the Titans as part of Sydney Dance Company's New Breed in November 2020.

CREATOR, CHOREOGRAPHER & PERFORMER Raghav Handa TABLA PLAYER & PERFORMER Maharshi Raval DESIGNER Justine Shih Pearson DRAMATURG Julie-Anne Long LIGHTING DESIGNER Karen Norris SET DESIGN Alejandro Rolandi PRODUCER Performing Lines

TWO is produced by Performing Lines and presented by FORM Dance Projects. TWO has been supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW as well as through a residency at the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Sydney.

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