Adelaide Premiere | Australia
"A delightful encounter between a musician and a dancer" ★★★★½ Sydney Morning Herald
In customary Indian Kathak, the dancer must never touch the drums. The player commands and the dancer must follow. That’s the rule.
This interplay lies at the heart of Raghav Handa’s TWO: an intergenerational, interdisciplinary bromance between the dynamic contemporary dancer, Raghav, and maestro tabla musician Maharshi Raval.
For close to ten years, Raghav and Maharshi have built a friendship defined - and sometimes challenged - by the hierarchy inherent between dancer and musician in traditional Indian Kathak. But what happens when conventional roles are reversed and the dancer takes control?
In a joyful celebration of trust and collaboration, the pair push the boundaries of that convention in a charming and playful testament to friendship, respect and profound exchange. Imagining new ways of working shaped by the sharing and negotiation of power, TWO presents impressive physicality, virtuosic music and witty encounters to expertly demonstrate the creative potential in respectfully challenging tradition.
Creator, Choreographer & Performer: Raghav Handa
Tabla Player & Performer: Maharshi Raval
Designer: Justine Shih Pearson
Dramaturg: Julie-Anne Long
Lighting Design: Karen Norris
LED Frame Construction: Alejandro Rolandi
Production Stage Manager: Gordon Rymer
Raghav Handa and Maharshi Raval share their creative process, repertoire, and the science of the rhythms they have used to create the dynamic physicality in Raghav’s work TWO.
WED 3 NOV 5pm
DURATION 90 mins
TWO is produced by Performing Lines. This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and originally presented by FORM Dance Projects as part of Dance Bites 2021 at Riverside Theatres
IMAGE | Joseph Mayers