by a twelfth-century Sanskrit verse linking breath with movement, Exhalations
is stark work created for 4 dancers. The work is a play on the dichotomies
of in/out, strong/weak, resistance/flow. The work is performed to silence
involving the breathing patterns and vocal rhythmic articulations of the
Emily Cheung, Hiroshi Miyamoto and Emily Watts
Lighting Design: Brad Trenamann
shadows is an abstract interpretation of one story from the epic Ramayana,
in which the exiled young prince Rama and his wife Sita encounter the ogress
Shurpanakha. Rather than a retelling of a myth, the work is an abstract
tapestry of moods and feelings focusing on the complex aspects of these
characters within each of us, working from a hybrid movement vocabulary,
the work also features an eclectic music drawing from music traditions
of Bali, Kerala and Tamil Nadu featuring several styles including Balinese
dance, modern Bharatanatyam. Stripped of its linear mythology and traditional
uses of costume, ...owning shadows and its interrogation of the Rama narrative
explores emotions within.
Hiroshi Miyamoto and Emily Watts
Sheela Bharath (Karnatak Vocals), Katherine Duncanson (Voice/Spoken Text),
Anandhi Narayanan (Rhythmic Vocals), Niu (Chinese Opera Vocals), Andrew
Timar (Suling, Indonesian bamboo flute)
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Director: Beth Despree
whimsical and subversive take on Bollywood retro-culture as seen through
the eyes of the Bollywood Diva who is simultaneously coy, vivacious, shy,
tragic, melancholic, romantic, yet eternally happy. Seven dancers create
snapshot vignettes from the Diva’s many lives. The work is the choreographer’s
personal response to the aesthetic principles of hyper-exaggeration and
melodrama. It is also a comment on the increasingly homogenizing
dialectic between today’s Indian classical dance and contemporary Indian
cinema. Rooted in strong rhythmic modern Bharatanatyam dance, the satirical
quality of the work is embedded in the hybrid physicality of the movement,
the edgy juxtaposition of “classical” and “film” dance, and the melodramatic
facial and corporeal articulations, which provide for an eclectic palate
of expressive possibilities.
and Rhythmic Recitation: Hari Krishnan
Nalin Bisnath, Emily Cheung, Hiroshi Miyamoto and Emily Watts (from Canada),
C A Joy, Dayalakshmi, Poornima Nayar (from Chennai)
Lighting Design: Andrea Lundy
section recorded at Wellesley Sounds
Director: Masumi Sato
Lights direction: Victor Paulraj
has been studying Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of Hari Krishnan since
1999. Nalin has been associated with inDANCE since 2002. Nalin has been
training in Tambura playing under Thanathevy Mithratheva and has accompanied
inDANCE's play (2002) as well as Srividya Natarajan (2003, Kacheri
Attam Dance Series). Performance credits with inDANCE include Mixed
Signals (2003 at the University of Waterloo), Bollywood Hopscotch
(2004 as part of Danceworks Mainstage Dance season), Deities Four
(2004), the remount of play (2004), NorthSouth/West (2005
in collaboration with Chandam dance company), Mixed! (2005, Kitchener,
Waterloo) and Purnima/Full Moon (2006 in Toronto and Connecticut).
Nalin is also inDANCE's rehearsal director.
graduated from York University with an honorary B.F.A. and B.Ed and is
currebtly pursuing an MA in Dance. She has received numerous awards
including three Grand Prizes from the North American Chinese dance Competition.
Performance credits with inDANCE include Bollywood Hopscotch and
Exhalations (2004 as part of Danceworks Mainstage Dance season),
Deities Four (2004), the remount of play (2005 as part of
the Can-Asian Dance Festival), NorthSouth/West (2005 in collaboration
with Chandam dance company), Mixed! (2005, Kitchener, Waterloo)
and Purnima/Full Moon (2006 in Toronto and Connecticut). Emily
is also the associate artistic director of the Little Pear Garden Collective
where she actively promotes and performs Asian dances in Toronto.
is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and dance scholar. He works in a contemporary
vein abstracting and drawing elements from a variety of sources and sensibilities.
Hari Krishnan's creative output is holistic, combining the allied arts
of Bharatanatyam dance, music, theatre and theory with contemporary, urban,
post-modern culture. Trained by hereditary dance masters including
K.P. Kittappa Pillai and R. Muttukkannammal, Krishnan received his M.A.
degree in Dance from York University. Artistic director of Toronto-based
Krishnan is also a World Dance Artist in Residence at the Department of
Dance in Wesleyan University (Connecticut, USA). His experimental and vintage
choreographies continue to be performed at international venues. For close
to a decade, Krishnan has been involved with the documentation, translation
and analysis of the last vestiges of hereditary systems of dance in South
India. His research brings together several interpretive and theoretical
approaches, as it integrates the disciplines of performance studies, anthropology,
history, and gender studies. Krishnan is currently working with Canadian
dance legend Margie Gillis, who is creating a solo for him that will premiere
Miyamoto was born in Japan. After completing
his bachelor of law degree from Hosei University in Tokyo, he moved to
Canada to study dance. He is a co-founder and member of GreenTea- a collective
of Japanese dancers in Toronto. He is also a collective member of 3M Dances.
As a dancer, he has worked professionally with many choreographers in Toronto.
Performance credits with inDANCE include Mixed Signals (2003 at
the University of Waterloo), Bollywood Hopscotch and Exhalations
(2004 as part of Danceworks Mainstage Dance season), Deities Four
(2004), the remount of play (2005 as part of the Can-Asian Dance
Festival), NorthSouth/West (2005 in collaboration with Chandam dance
company), Mixed! (2005, Kitchener, Waterloo) and Purnima/Full
Moon (2006 in Toronto and Connecticut). Hiroshi is also inDANCE's
began her training in ballet with former Joffrey dancers Robert Thomas
and Miyoko Kato. A graduate of Wesleyan University's dance program, she
has trained in Bharatanatyam, West African, ballet, release technique,
and flamenco. She has performed with Iowa Dance Theater, Greg Neuman and
the Neuman Dance Project, Hari Krishnan and inDANCE, and Adair Landborn.
Emily had learnt Bharatanatyam dance with Hari Krishnan at Wesleyan University.
She has performed in Krishnan's choreography including 3 Blind (2002),
black and white in COLOR (2003), Pulse (2003), Exhalations
(2004) and Bollywood Hospcotch (2004 as part of Danceworks Mainstage
Dance season and 2005 for the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival). She
currently lives and dances in New York City.
C A Joy
holds a diploma in dance from Kalakshetra, Chennai. He has performed lead
roles in their productions. He has performed widely within India and abroad.
He has toured with various dance productions such as Jungle book which
was a collaborated work with Ohio- USA ballet company, Abhyaasa, Living
Tree, Silappadikaaram with Cleveland Cultural Alliance-USA and Shin Gigaku
with a Japanese company. He has had the privilege of performing for the
late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II in the Vatican City, Rome, with his
company Avigna Dance Ensemble, of which he’s a principal dancer. He has
also ventured into movies through acting and choreographing song sequences.
The recent one was for a Telugu movie ‘Pournami’ directed by Prabhu Deva.
With his own label JOY in Chennai, he is an established fashion designer
who has created and designed costumes for traditional and contemporary
productions of various organizations, as well as for movies.
trained in Bharatanatyam under the Dhananjayans and then Shobana Bhalchandra.
She has performed all over India and has taught Bharatanatyam at Chennai
and Ahmedabad. She has attended workshops conducted by contemporary dancers
from India and abroad. She has also contributed in the choreography of
some of the productions she has performed in. Dayalakshmi is trained in
Kalaripayattu, the martial art form of Kerala and is also a trained mountaineer,
which is an offshoot of her passion for adventure.
Nayar is a disciple of Bharatanatyam dancer
Shobana Bhalchandra, youngest of the Trio Sisters. She has performed with
her guru as part of the ensemble in many dance festivals and sabha programs.
In Jan 2003, she was selected by the STAR TV Group to represent the country
to give a classical dance performance in Tokyo, for their Group Corporate
Meet. Poornima is also a proficient Mohiniattam dancer, trained under Kala