Divine Vessels: Exploring Space through Indian Dance and Music
Divine Vessels: Exploring Space through Indian Dance and Music
WhenFriday, July 12, 2019, 6 PM
CategoriesAfter Five, Performances
SponsorAsian Art Museum
VenueFreer Gallery of Art
Event LocationFreer, plaza and galleries. (Rain location: Freer galleries)
CostFree; no tickets required.

Vijay Palaparty and Nalini Prakash, dance; Ravi Kulur, flute; Nandakumar Unnikrishnan, vocal; Kartik Vydhatri, percussion; Satya Palaparty, poet
In their most recent project, choreographers Vijay Palaparty and Nalini Prakash from Spilling Ink contemplate ideas of space, considering both the human body and physical spaces as vessels of spirituality and divinity. Inspired by masterpieces from the Indian subcontinent in the museum’s collection, they explore how the human body is a container and vehicle of expression that exists within the larger context of physical spaces, in this case, the museum itself. Accompanied by an ensemble of musicians including classical Indian flutist Ravi Kulur, vocalist Nandakumar Unnikrishnan, and percussionist Kartik Vydhatri, the collective revisits a time when dance and music coexisted in temples to celebrate Hindu gods and goddesses. Designed as an interactive program, artists and audience participants move through the museum space to appreciate the extraordinary culture of the Indian subcontinent. On a personal level, they reconsider how notions of internal self and outer context exist in harmony.

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