Arts Collaborative ~ Anikaya Dance Theatre Residency ~ The Knocking Within Performance
Arts Across The Curriculum
Moving In: Finding the Self and Other through Dance ~ Residency
Performance: The Knocking Within
The Knocking Within is “inspired by research into the neuroscience of sleep and the anthropology of dreams, The Knocking Within weaves a portrait of two lovers and the nightmares that plague them, unveiling their insecurities, their fears and the violence that lies just beneath the surface. With text in English, Hindi and American Sign Language, The Knocking Within draws on Shakespeare's Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Twelfth Night and Titus Andronicus to effect a re-staging of theater, taking it decidedly into the realm of visual communication. The texts are present but implicit, creating a tension between the permanence of print, the persistence of imbedded cultural stories, and the immanent meaning-making power of bodies moving through space.”
The mission of ANIKAYA is to break down the perceived boundaries between people, cultures and art forms. ANIKAYA's performances weave together music, dance and storytelling, modern and traditional, secular and sacred, aural and visual.
Wendy Jehlen is a choreographer whose work draws on a wide array of movement forms, including Bharata Natyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi; Capoeira, Kalaripayattu, West African dance, Butoh, and wide-range of Contemporary dance styles. Her work is informed by her study of storytelling and literature from around the world. She holds a BA in Storytelling, Ritual and Performance from Brown University and a Masters of Theological Studies in World Religion from Harvard Divinity School. Jehlen’s career has been marked by international explorations, study and creative collaboration. She has worked with artists from a broad range of cultures and disciplines, from Deaf poets to Japanese paper artists. Her emotionally powerful choreography has been performed across North America, Europe, India and in Japan.
“a riveting and fascinating new language in dance”- Evidance Radio
“Captivating, mystical, fierce” – SMR Culture Plus
Pradhuman Nayak grew up in a family of folk performers in Jharkhand, India. A graduate of the prestigious National School of Drama in Delhi, India, Nayak has appeared in numerous plays under the direction of some of the best-known Indian directors, as well as under directors from Japan, the US and Europe, including the world-renowned Robert Wilson. Nayak has played lead roles in award-winning films and theater works in India, including the international award-winning film “Baha.” Nayak is one of the leading exponents of the martial art form of Kalaripayattu in the US.
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