Performance Mix Festival: 32 opening tonight!

Dialogue India: three perspectives || 7 PM

Kuldeep Singh

Kuldeep Singh’s BATTU is a traditional, pure dance piece in the repertoire of Indian classical dance of Odissi, post Indian independence. The piece extols the wall frieze sculptures of mighty Sun Temple of Konark (built in 13th c. AD) unfolding into elaborate patterns, set to the complex rhythmic cycles of Odissi pakhwaj (percussion instrument).

Mari Meade Dance Collective / MMDC

Mari Meade’s dialogue (excerpt) is a danced series of city-life conversations and interactions. Characters as diverse as a group of expectant mothers waiting for their doctors’ appointments and a trio of arguing male board room members share slices of urban life and the stressors, humilities, hubbub, and private moments of reflection therein.

Parijat Desai

India-born, U.S.-raised choreographer Parijat Desai’s JustLikeThat 4.0 is part of an ongoing exploration of language and state power using dance and experimental theater. Desai began the project in 2014 exploring badly written Indian news articles and turning them into song and dance. In the most recent iteration, she began to develop additional characters. Parijat was recently awarded Center for Performance Research’s Mertz Gilmore Late Stage Production Grant.

Navigating Virtual Realities: charged physicality || 8 PM

Sebastian Arbarbanell

Sebastian Abarbanell’s work parasites deals with the absurdity of human existence in today’s society. The choreographer/performer navigates through abstract and distinct physicality depicting this notion from a personal perspective.

Simon Portigal

Montreal-based choreographer Simon Portigal will share an excerpt from his newest work, Aattitle. Here, bodies are an overwrought network of senses, signs, feelings, and gestures, burdened and charged by collective histories, individual narratives, and fictions.

Stacy Grossfield Dance Projects

In Stacy Grossfield’s work, performed by Nola Sporn Smith, she is many things in one container. Some of what she is will be exposed and she will be working really hard.

And stick around afterwards for our opening reception!


Looking ahead to tomorrow morning:

Breakfast Mix || 10 AM

Breakfast Mix is an annual tradition at Performance Mix Festival! Meet this year’s international artists over breakfast and a convivial gathering.

Workshop with João Costa Espinho || 11:30 AM

Following Breakfast Mix, Portuguese-born, France-based dancer/choreographer João Costa Espinho leads a workshop that focuses on the anatomy of the body as both matter and energy and how this amplifies our individual bodies’ existent micro-movements in a shared space.

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