Still Point Expanding: A Six Part Elaboration

Jiva’s first Dance on Camera Festival

Facebook Live / YouTube Post Festival Panel Discussion on Zoom Event is Free and Open to the Public Zoom Panel discussion will be limited
November 18, 2020 8:00PM EST
Still Point Expanding:A Six Part Elaboration Dance On Camera Festival by Jiva Performing Arts

“At the still point of the turning world...
there the dance is…
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards...
Except for the point, the still point...
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance….”
-TS Eliot, “Burnt Norton, Four Quartets”

Jiva Performing Arts presents its first Dance on Camera Festival, “Still Point Expanding: A Six-Part Elaboration,” on November 18, 2020. The global pandemic has forced us to reshape and explore new horizons of artistic imagination. We took this opportunity to commission new works that fit more comfortably in the emerging ecology of the digital art world.

The Festival will present works, which share a common format – Dancers begin from a still point of thought or a poetic flourish that expands out into imagined space filled with movement and emotions. It is the concept of Bindu, the naval point of a dancer's being, from which flow the rich imagery, the poetic vocabulary, and the emotional expressions, all in the form of dance. Whether these expressions are measured or spontaneous, subtle or intense, they return again and again to that still point, the Bindu, from which they emanated in the first place.

We have invited six superb artists who will choose their own still point to expand into short dance vignettes. Each is an established dancer with impressive accomplishment; each represents a particular tradition of Indian classical dance or its derivatives. The artistic lineup includes Shruti Mohan, a known Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam dancer from Texas; Jin Won, a virtuoso Kathak, and tabla artists from NJ; Parul Shah, a stylistic Kathak and contemporary artist from NJ; Mesma Belsaré, an artist from Boston who represents Shilpa Natyam, a new mode of dance rooted in Bharatanatyam; Sreelakshmy Govardhanan, a Kerala-based dancer steeped in the Kuchipudi technique and dramaturgy; and Sonali Skandan, a Bharatanatyam artist of international repute based in NYC. The Festival is co-directed by Maya Kulkarni, a celebrated and richly accomplished artist of Indian classical dance who will serve as the mentor for all the artists for “Still Point Expanding,” and by Sonali Skandan, the principal dancer and Artistic Director of Jiva Performing Arts.

The Festival will premiere on Youtube and Facebook Live on November 18, 2020 and will be followed by a panel discussion with the artists moderated by Maya Kulkarni.