Dixon Place Presents
Crossing Boundaries | Featuring work by dance artists Elise Knudson, Emily Berry, Carol Mendes, Rachel Oliver, and Parijat Desai.
Parijat Desai will perform JustLikeThat, a duet with contemporary Carnatic vocalist Roopa Mahadevan. Using movement, song, and a little banter, JustLikeThat pokes fun at the foibles of Indian print journalism. Can Parijat and Roopa make it past the obfuscation alive? Also featuring music by Tom Gilles.
Parijat Desai is an India-born, U.S.-raised choreographer who strives to cross boundaries of culture, identity, and nation through the performing body. She draws on contemporary dance, bharata natyam, and other forms to create hybrid vocabularies the NYT called a “seamless blending of the new and old.” With a 2013–14 Fulbright-Nehru Grant to India, Parijat explored choreography at Indo-Islamic architectural sites in Delhi, and developed short film The Palace Is Dreaming featuring local dancers (coming soon). For JustLikeThatParijat collaborates with versatile Carnatic vocalist Roopa Mahadevan, director of Navatman Music Collective and lead singer on Grammy-winning album Calling All Dawns.