Parijat Desai

Parijat Desai, still from video by Nic Petry

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. For Performance Mix, Desai is joined by performer/collaborators Trinity Bobo, Quentin Burley, and John Maria Gutierrez. Together they continue her exploration of official-speak with text and movement.

India-born, U.S.-raised choreographer/dancer Parijat Desai creates hybrids of contemporary and Indian classical dance, and other forms, and is currently a 2016 Artist-In-Residence with Movement Research (through 2018). Parijat began Parijat Desai Dance Company in 2000 in Los Angeles. She shifted to NYC in 2004 and worked with PDDC until 2013. With a 2013–14 Fulbright, Parijat went to India to research Islamic architectural sites in Delhi toward short film The Palace Is Dreaming (forthcoming 2018), and created live performance at the Corbusier-designed ATMA Building in Ahmedabad. From 2013, she began collaborations with various dancer/performers and musicians, including leaders of Brooklyn Raga Massive. Parijat has received commissions from Grand Performances, Danspace Project, and Harlem Stage; she won the Lester Horton Dance Award, NYFA BUILD, LMCC Creative Communities, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. Parijat has been an artist-in-residence at Colorado College, Dance Center of Columbia College, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts. Her work has been presented at venues including Danspace Project, La Mama ETC, 92Y, Queens Museum, Dixon Place, and PioneerWorks (NYC); Highways Performance Space, Skirball Cultural Center, California Plaza, and the J. Paul Getty Center (LA); ODC Theater and Asian Art Museum (San Francisco); Denver Art Museum; Northwestern University (Chicago); The Dance Centre (Vancouver); Bangalore Biennial and National Centre for the Performing Arts (Mumbai). Parijat teaches contemporary dance and leads Dance In The Round, workshops based on circle dances from the Gujarat, India.

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