Staycation / Vacation (2016)

Dancer on a stage
Staycation / Vacation. Photo: Simon Richardson

An evening in with a three course performance of South Asian Contemporary dance.

First presented at Rich Mix, Friday 15 July 2016. A showcase of innovative choreography and new dance, featuring solo works by Kesha Raithatha and Archana Ballal and a duet performed by Jaina Modasia and Vidya Patel.

Ashtapadi – Lalita Lavang and TRACES

Kesha Raithatha

TRACES journeys through Kesha’s impressions of living, travelling and journaling throughout the Indian sub-continent. Ashtapadi – Lalita Lavang (chorepgraphed by Smt. Nirupama Rajendra) depicts the divine love of Krishna and Radha, and the role of the Sakhi as the direct mediator between the two.

Small as a World and as Large as Alone

Archana Ballal

A glance into the world of a woman living with anxiety and agoraphobia, as she plans a holiday. We follow her as she prepares to leave the house; experiencing the fear, anxiety, frustration, sadness and elation as she takes a step on this momentous journey.

Two by Two

Jaina Modasia and Vidya Patel, choreographed by Hari Krishnan.

A reflection on the way two British born dancers have embraced the classical Indian dance form whilst still being very much British in their everyday lives.

“These are the kinds of projects that can change a life, and as such are vital to the development of the arts … as refreshing as a choreographic…vacation.”

Nicholas Minns, Reviewer, Pulse / Writing About Dance


Creative Team

Artist Development & ProductionsNina Head
Production and Stage ManagerBeth Hoare-Barnes

Media Credits

ImagesSimon Richardson

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