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In |Expiration, is a highly rhythmic dance-theater performance that investigates issues of personal justice and identity, the imperative of breath, and the repercussions of race-fueled violence. The choreography features a hybrid movement vocabulary including South Asian dance forms Bharatanatyam and Kathak, in dialog with the rhythms, isolations and punctuations of both Tap and Jazz. Live text and vocalizations are layered into and over the movement with twin-like precision by dancer/performers Sheetal Gandhi and Ulka Mohanty, who share the stage with Mark Gutierrez on upright and electric bass. A highlight of this work is in the exploration of breath, both metaphorically and physically, as the two dancers engage in contrapuntal rhythmic-breathing in 11’s.
SOUND: CD Playback with live vocals; REQUIRES TWO (2) LAVALIER MICROPHONES (element threaded through hair). LIVE MUSIC: one musician on electric and stand-up bass.
In |Expiration is approximately 30-minutes long, and can be performed in shorter excerpts. An evening-length version of the work is currently in development.
“Gandhi is a captivating storyteller... Gandhi and Mohanty’s twin-like precision is as wondrous as the questions Gandhi poses at the dance’s onset. They whirl and spin in perfection unison, like effortlessly synced electrons circling within a microcosmic atom.”