Two of India’s eight classical dance styles hit their marks during the World Music Institute’s two-day Dancing the Gods festival — and those aren’t the only binaries on display. Tonight’s recital — Dwita: Duality of Life — will be performed by Rama Vaidyanathan and her daughter Dakshina Vaidyanathan, masters of the southern Indian Bharatanatyam, said to embody music in visual form. Both evenings’ dancers will be accompanied by live musicians, and India’s complex rhythmic grammar will be deconstructed tomorrow, when Prashant Shah, a rare male dancer of the northern Indian Kathak form, joins Parul Shah’s company for Kadamb & Beyond: A Tribute to Kumudini Lakhia, the (unrelated) Shahs’ mutual guru. Expect rhythmic fireworks during Can’t Trust the Bols, a new Parul Shah work accompanied by tabla and cello.
April 25-26, 7 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 22, 2015