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Nava Dance Theatre: Rogue Gestures/Foreign Bodies (World Premiere)
December 11, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
One event on December 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm
One event on December 11, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Nava Dance Theatre presents the world premiere of Rogue Gestures/Foreign Bodies which uses the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam and experimental movement to examine the labor of South Asian immigrant women who came to the US after the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. Inspired by the oral histories of Indian nurses who immigrated to the US due to labor shortages, Artistic Director Nadhi Thekkek and her collaborators, including composers Roopa Mahadevan and Kalaisan Kalaichelvan, explore the heavy and enduring work of brown women and the worlds they traverse between. They ask, “Who puts a price on this labor? What is the cost of opportunity? Who gets to decide how foreign we are?” Through community interviews, historical texts, and poetry, Rogue Gestures/Foreign Bodies, an ensemble work for eight dancers, negotiates these questions and examines what it means to belong in America.