Sparsh  (Sanskrit word for touch)

In South Indian Classical dance of Bharatanatyam, there is lack of physical touch. Dancers may hold hands or tap on another dancer’s shoulder very briefly. Various emotions may be conveyed through gestures, body language and facial expressions. Yet, bodily contact is not commonly seen in traditional pieces. Influenced by Contemporary dance, contact improvisation, Sparsh explores the sensory aspects of touch in a traditional Bharatanatyam piece.

Choreography: Tuli Bera, Kinnari Vora

Music: Original score by Bob Garrett based on Tishram Alarippu

Photography from the July 7, 2019 performance at Delve Showcase by Michelle Reid. 

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