Premiere: March 4 & 5, 2022 – Livestream + In-Person Event, Studio 210, San Francisco
Studio 210 residents Preethi Ramaprasad & Isabel Umali presented their residency projects, followed by a discussion with the artists led by Deborah Slater.
Preethi Ramaprasad is a seasoned practitioner, choreographer, and scholar of Bharatanatyam and a doctoral candidate of Critical Dance Studies at UC Riverside. She presented A Movement Beyond: In Search of Noon Meem Danish, made in collaboration with composer and vocalist Ananya Ashok. A Movement Beyond uses (trans)national South Asian poetry to explore questions of visibility from the eyes of a Bharatanatyam dancer impacted by the politics of India and the United States.
Brooklyn-based artist Isabel Umali brings years of experience as a contemporary dancer, improviser, and biodynamic craniosacral therapist to her project Shift//Loss, a duet with composer and musician Dustin Carlson. This project explores the internal journey of change and discovery through the lens of archetype and image as a way to access the subconscious. Danced by Isabel Umali with music by Dustin Carlson, Shift//Loss is a work-in-progress exploring the depths of one woman’s internal world and how she integrates her disparate parts.