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Rasa dance festival by Akshara (review)

Rasa dance festival by Akshara (review) PERFORMANCE REVIEWS 487 (surely one motivation behind the production), a large cast of fabulous Asian and Asian-American performers, a concrete response to this pernicious problem. CLAUDIA ORENSTEIN Hunter College, CUNY RASA DANCE FESTIVAL. Presented by Akshara. Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 23–24 September 2017. Four women lie in lines face up on the stage floor. They are still except for their hands, which they hold quivering above their chests, palms flat, and fingers outstretched. The dancers’ bodies represent burning corpses, their hands like flames and smoke rising into the air. At the center, a dancer performs the role of Kali, goddess of death, who resides in the cremation grounds. She squats low with feet and knees spread wide, her hands claw-like scooping upward, her face turned up, and eyes bulging. She stamps out rhythms while spiraling her hands forward, cupping an imaginary skull in each palm. The other dancers rise to their knees, miming the gestures for jackals and vultures. They dance in a circle around Kali. One links legs with her to perform Shiva making love, while the others pose echoing Shiva’s stance. The scene ends with the five women arranged in a diamond, two lying on the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Rasa dance festival by Akshara (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 35 (2) – Sep 14, 2018

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Abstract

PERFORMANCE REVIEWS 487 (surely one motivation behind the production), a large cast of fabulous Asian and Asian-American performers, a concrete response to this pernicious problem. CLAUDIA ORENSTEIN Hunter College, CUNY RASA DANCE FESTIVAL. Presented by Akshara. Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 23–24 September 2017. Four women lie in lines face up on the stage floor. They are still except for their hands, which they hold quivering above their chests, palms flat, and fingers outstretched. The dancers’ bodies represent burning corpses, their hands like flames and smoke rising into the air. At the center, a dancer performs the role of Kali, goddess of death, who resides in the cremation grounds. She squats low with feet and knees spread wide, her hands claw-like scooping upward, her face turned up, and eyes bulging. She stamps out rhythms while spiraling her hands forward, cupping an imaginary skull in each palm. The other dancers rise to their knees, miming the gestures for jackals and vultures. They dance in a circle around Kali. One links legs with her to perform Shiva making love, while the others pose echoing Shiva’s stance. The scene ends with the five women arranged in a diamond, two lying on the

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 14, 2018

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