CREATOR PERFORMER RAKINI DEVI
FORM DANCE PROJECTS AND RIVERSIDE THEATRES PRESENT
DANCE BITES 2017
For two shows only, FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present Urban Kali, a contemporary multidisciplinary performance that integrates dance, installation and film. Born in Kolkata and based in Sydney, Urban Kali creator and performer, Rakini Devi, is renowned for her work that challenges notions of race, culture, social issues and new technologies. Urban Kali explores themes of female ‘shame’, a concept prevalent throughout Indian society and many other cultures. In her performance Rakini Devi transforms the Hindu Goddess Kali’s iconography to create a mythic, contemporary female identity. Drawing on her Kolkata origins, classical Indian dance forms and visual arts practice, Devi showcases the female form as both ritual and artefact.
“My new work seeks to retain the beauty and mystery inherent in sacred Hindu culture, while also ‘un-picking’ traditional frameworks so as to relish, explore and stretch the tensions between sacred and secular intercultural performance,’ explains Devi. ‘Urban Kali celebrates the divine feminine in the context of contemporary intercultural dance by transforming Kali iconography to create new, mythic, contemporary paradigms of female identity.”
MASTERCLASS AND PERFORMANCE EXCLUSIVE TICKET OFFER
Saturday 16 September Studio 404, Church St Parramatta 11am – 1pm
Full Price $30 (Trans. Fees apply)
Rakini Devi opens her process to professional dancers and dance students to explore cross cultural dance vocabulary. This masterclass is ideal for early to mid-career contemporary dancers looking for new choreographic tools. Traditional repertoire will not be taught. Dancers will extend and improvise upon sequences drawn from two forms of Indian classical dance; Bharatanatyam and Odissi. All Masterclass participants will receive a complimentary ticket to the Urban Kali performance on Friday September 22, Riverside Theatres, 8PM.
(NB: If you follow this link you will need to register as a new user on Riverside Theatres website or log in as an existing user before purchasing this exclusive ticket offer)
Image above: Karl Ford
URBAN KALI PERFORMANCES ONLY
SEPTEMBER 22-23, 2017
This research is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship