Namasya: Dance Performance at the Joyce Theatre

This performance by Indian artist Shantala Shivanlingappa at the Joyce Theatre in NYC combined Indian classical dance (kuchipudi) with modern elements, including songs choreographed with Pina Bausch. The theatre was small and intimate but completely dark, so I couldn’t see what I was drawing the whole time. I tried to capture the essence of the movement with gestural lines. It was a thrill to see how it turned out at the end. These might be my two favorite pages in my sketchbook.

The second page, after I felt that the first might be getting a little too dense:

Can you make out the lines of her body from the drawings? This is a video from the actual performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlGHaayTbn0&feature=related

And a still shot from http://instantencore.com/buzz/item.aspx?FeedEntryId=195166:

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