Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 7:00pm
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 6:00pm
Spilling Ink and Sharanya present transcend・dance, a program of solo classical Indian dance works that exhibit unique characteristics of personal connections and relationships. Through their presentations, Vijay Palaparty, Vaibhav Arekar, Rashi Narain and SaiSanthosh Radhakrishnan share experiences of bonds that are on many planes—and convey their ideas through nuances of classical and contemporary Indian verse, drama, music, and movement.
SAT, 3/30, 7PM:
A LETTER TO MY TEACHER
Vijay Palaparty (Spilling Ink) simultaneously revisits and expands the creative scope of classical South Indian Kuchipudi with the idea of going back to tradition. The classical Indian arts tell religious and spiritual stories about Hindu gods and goddesses. The textual basis for traditional work rests in scripture or is extracted from texts written by composers who created on these subjects. A Letter to My Teacher offers insight into their motivations, but also establishes a personal point of view in a contemporary context—ultimately a moving letter to his classical South Indian Kuchipudi guru, Dr. K. Uma Rama Rao, who taught him these pieces.
SAT, 3/30, 8PM:
Vaibhav Arekar (Sankhya Dance Company) explores the motif of the beautiful and enigmatic relationship between a little boy and his mother through Rabindranth Tagore’s celebrated poem “Debotar Grash”. The original poem is translated into the visual poetry of classical South Indian Bharatanatyam and is imaginatively interspersed with poems recited from his collection, The Crescent Moon. Debotar Grash becomes the frame in which the emotional landscape of a child’s innocence and a mother’s love is vividly painted.
SUN, 3/31, 6PM:
Rashi Narain (Sharanya) expresses her understanding and appreciation of the depth of Indian culture and the subtle nuances of religion that guided her grandfather, Prakash Narain’s life. These ideas find voices in classical South Indian Bharatanatyam dances—their intimate connection to his ‘temple of knowledge’—the human mind. Prakash mirrors his life as portrayed by subtle, graceful and sophisticated reflections. Answers to eternal questions in sacred texts of all religions shed light on beliefs about the relationship between oneself, the creation around us and the ultimate Creator. Prakash Narain parsed such a wealth of knowledge, as a prism to spread the spectrum of ancient scriptures, to anyone who knew him.
SUN, 3/31, 7PM:
SaiSanthosh Radhakrishnan presents pieces of repertoire in classical South Indian Bharatanatyam that center on the theme of love. The form and formless provide pathways—crossing mental, physical, religious and spiritual planes—for the self to surrender and merge with the divine soul. However, the Hindu gods and goddesses are just like people, showing a myriad of emotions which makes that journey nonlinear. It’s the perseverance and the hand at play that allows one to move beyond the illusion and maya, to reach the ultimate.
The Jack Guidone Theater
Joy of Motion Dance Center | Friendship Heights
5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015
Friendship Heights Metro Station
Neighborhood street parking available, 2-Hour time limit most days. Metered parking available on Wisconsin Ave. NW.
Funded in part by the
D.C. Commission on the
Arts & Humanities,
an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts