FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres Present
produced by Performing Lines
TWO sees Raghav Handa’s long awaited return to FORM’s Dance Bites seasons following his acclaimed solo Tukre’ presented in 2015. An Australian choreographer and performer of Indian heritage, Raghav has worked with Sydney Dance Company, Force Majeure, Contemporary Asian Australian Performance, as well as First Nations choreographers Vicki Van Hout and Marilyn Miller. In his impressive career Raghav has developed a unique movement style, which weaves together swift circular movement patterns of Kathak dance with robust contemporary vocabulary.
Raghav’s new work subverts the conventional wisdom underpinning traditional Indian Kathak. Central to the form is the hierarchy between musician and dancer. The former leads and latter follows; a principle as old as Kathak itself.
With long-time collaborator and tabla player Maharshi Raval, Raghav asks what happens when these roles are reversed? What happens when the musician comes into the dancer’s space? What happens if the dancer sets the rhythm; if the dancer takes control? What creative potential lies in respectfully challenging tradition?
In classic Raghav Handa style TWO is playful, full of humour, physically demanding, and treats its subject matter with the grace and reverence it deserves.
JUSTINE SHIH PEARSON
18 – 20 FEBRUARY, 2021 8.00PM
Matinée 20 FEBRUARY, 2021 2.30PM
Adult: $38* Concession: $28*
*Booking fees apply
Running Time: 60 Minutes
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 .