Jiva Dance premieres its latest work, The Four Horsemen – an evening-length dance production that explores the human metaphors of the four horsemen of conquest, war, famine and death, through the very real stories of female protagonists. Challenging the notions of Indian classical dance content and technique, these intimately relatable stories bring the never-ending cycle of despair and hope vividly to life.
Celebrated dancer and curator Rajika Puri will host a post-show talk back with the choreographers on March 8th.
Concept & Choreography: Sonali Skandan and Maya Kulkarni
Music: Rajkumar Bharathi with rhythmic inputs by Bala Skandan
Sound Design: Sai Shravanam, Resound India
Dancers: Aishwarya Madhav, Amrita Doshi, Sonali Skandan, Bharathi Penneswaran
Light Design: Betsy Chester
Script: Shiv Subramanian
Rehearsal Director and Stage Manager: Abinaya Vignesh
Dance Assistant: Mihika Nadig
Logo Design and Video: Jessica Perez
Music edits: Anurag Deeconda
Jiva Dance’s first short film, Urban Nritta (pronounced: nrit-thah), presents classical Bharatanatyam dance against the backdrop of New York City. Nritta is the expression of rhythm through the body in dance, and in this setting we express the rhythms of Indian classical dance and music as well as the beat of the city where we live and create.
The piece we perform is “Into the Battlefield,” excerpted from our original work “Mayura: Blue Peacock.” This scene depicts the dance of the mighty peacock, the vehicle of the Lord Murugan, as it prepares to go into battle.
Jiva Dance produces living, breathing classical art for our time and place, in harmony with the rhythms of New York City.
Concept and Choreography: Sonali Skandan
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Jesse Newman
Production Design: Kaela Hill
Dancers: Kumari Mayshark Patel, Maya Kappil, Njideka Emenogu, Poulomi Das, Sonali Skandan
Music Composition: Rajkumar Bharathi
Sound Design/Music Recording: Sai Shravanam, Resound India
Rhythm and Music Direction Input: Bala Skandan
Makeup: Kennisha Clayton
Produced by: Jiva Performing Arts, Athena and Giri Devulapally, Ramya and Nandu Narayanan, Arpana Gollapalli and Hans Deyssenroth
Thank you to all or Wonderful Film Patrons who helped us create our first Film!
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