BRIC: How Do I Become WE (work-in-progress)
Event by BRIC.
How Do I Become WE is a contemporary lok katha, or story enacted inside a participatory ritual. Following an opening ceremony acknowledging our ancestors, a dance drama unfolds: A woman has a story inside, but no one to tell—and her body grows heavy under the weight of her unspoken sadness. How will she release her story? What happens when her inner self comes out, and she shares her burden?
How Do I Become WE explores the relationship between our inner spaces and outward action, between individual and collective well-being, between struggle and magic. This multidisciplinary happening will unfold in a non-proscenium space that allows audiences to change position, and to participate. Choreography, based on a Kannada folk tale collected by noted scholar/poet A. K. Ramanujan, draws on garba (Gujarati/Indian circle dance), bharata natyam, contemporary dance, and influences from martial arts and experimental theater. The music and sound score blends elements of Gujarati, Carnatic, Japanese, and contemporary elements. Choreographer Parijat Desai and her collaborators will use her BRIC residency to develop a draft of the music/sound score for How Do I Become WE.
Creator/Director: Parijat Desai
Guitar/Collaborator: Rez Abbasi
Vocal/Collaborator: Foram Shah
Percussion and Flute/Collaborator: Fumi Tanakadate
Percussion/Collaborator: Philip Mayer
Sarangi/Collaborator: Rohan Misra
Sound Design/Collaborator: Stephan Moore