“….it’s clear Prakash is a bold and original artistic force. She is of the current generation, churning up work informed by open-minded curiosity and reflection, risk-taking, as well as seasoned artistry—always exuding fierce commitment to her art and culture.”
– fjord review
Not limited by Time
This love song “Priye” was filmed and released as a part of the initiative “Not limited by Time” curated by musician/author T.M. Krishna. NLBT is a response to the byte-size trends of art in the increasingly digital platform, and supports the making and sharing of pieces of art in long-form – not condensed, constricted, or compromised for the sake of virtual consumption.
“We are living in times when everything is being condensed and constricted to fit the “new digital form.” The problem is not just the reduction of time, but the compromised nature of the art that is being offered in the name of adapting to this new norm.
The likes, comments section of our social media pages are determining what we should and should not do. Democratization of art also means we share serious artwork and not only modes of titillation. Every month I will be sharing a long-form raga alapana for your listening.
I do have one request, try listening to it only when you have 20 minutes and not in 4-minute bits. If you get bored, still persevere and go through it. Boredom is also an experience to be had!”
– TM Krishna
Mythili Prakash’s She’s Auspicious receives 2021 National Dance Project Production Grant Award.
“She’s Auspicious” blurs the lines between Goddess and Woman to explore the paradox of femininity. The piece references mythology and cultural practices surrounding the Goddess as well as societal expectations of femininity.
For Mythili, the starting point of this piece has been a study of her identity – as a woman, a mother, and a person of privilege – an upper-caste practitioner of a dance form with a complicated history of erasure. The piece also examines notions of beauty, harmony, and restraint that are characteristic to all of those identities and to the practice and performance of Bharatanatyam itself.
We are excited to be celebrating Dance Umbrella’s 40th anniversary in 2018 by launching Four by Four, a campaign to build a new commissions fund for the next generation of talent.
We are proud to announce the artists selected for Four by Four:
Georgia Vardarou – nominated by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker
Abby Zbikowski – nominated by Stephen Petronio
Mythili Prakash – nominated by Akram Khan
Jon Maya Sein – nominated by Rocío Molina