ABHIPSAA — A Seeking
In ABHIPSAA—A seeking, Bijayini Satpathy calls upon deep kinetic and emotional insights to evolve a revered cultural artform in an astonishing solo exploration.
Comprised of four original dances, ABHIPSAA charts a solo path of discovery in physical, emotional, and spiritual realms. In her choreographic debut, Satpathy expands the parameters of the formal and representational norms of the Odissi tradition through both narrative and non-narrative dances—reimagining classical Odissi forms through modern interpretation. In collaboration with musicians, composers, lighting, and theatrical designers, Satpathy’s performance is an otherworldly and transformative experience.
Considered one of the world’s foremost masters of the Odissi classical Indian dance style, Satpathy has enjoyed a vast career as principal dancer, master teacher, and respected scholar. Formerly a soloist and a training director for India’s Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, Satpathy continues her highly personal journey to expand the tradition through her own choreographic work.
UPDATE: Both events will feature general-admission orchestra seating.
An optional post-performance discussion between the artist and the audience will be held after the October 18 event.
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Duke University and the Baryshnikov Arts Center commissioned ABHIPSAA—A seeking. This work was made possible with additional funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.