Join us for the premiere of Pay No Mind by The Soham Dance Project, September 19th-21st, at Links Hall, Chicago’s home for innovative performance. Featuring all new choreography, musical compositions, and English prose by Artistic Director Anjal Chande, Pay No Mind is an introspective exploration of conformity and rebellion. The trio of dancers, Anjal Chande, Savitha Chelladurai, and Rasika Ranganathan, deliver a fresh and personal interpretation of bharatanatyam vocabulary. The original score was inspired by Chande’s own melodies and choreography, rather than customizing the dance to suit existing music. This seemingly small gesture is in fact a radical reversal of the current bharatanatyam tradition, and a testament to Chande’s innovative vision for her art form. Described as folk-indo-jazz-hop, the music is a collaboration between lead composer Anjal Chande, guitarist Jesse Hunter, and percussionist Karl Olson. Instrumentation includes baritone ukelele, piano, khanjira, udu, tabla, drum set, and recited bols / syllables. Don’t miss this multifaceted work of contemporary Indian dance-theater that redefines the limits of bharatanatyam!
About the Company: The Soham Dance Project is a contemporary bharatanatyam dance company that expands upon the creative work of Anjal Chande. It is the newest initiative in choreographing works that showcase a personal, accessible, and relevant voice in the contemporary Indian dance movement.
About the Artistic Director: Described by The New York Times as a “gifted stylist” and by Time Out Chicago as “arrestingly poetic” and “breaking out of the box of ethnic dance,” Anjal Chande leads Soham Dance Space with an expansive vision of the possibilities for bharatanatyam. More info about Chande and the other artists here.
This project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, by the Small Theater and Dance Program Grant of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and numerous individual donors. Thank you!