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Raghav Handa

TWO

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In customary Indian Kathak, the dancer must never touch the drums. The player commands and the dancer must follow. That’s the rule.

This interplay lies at the heart of Raghav Handa’s TWO; an intergenerational, interdisciplinary bromance between the dynamic contemporary dancer Raghav and maestro Tabla musician Maharshi Raval. For ten years Raghav and Maharshi have built a friendship denied by the hierarchy inherent between dancer and musician in traditional Indian Kathak. But what happens when conventional roles are reversed, and the dancer takes control?

In a joyful celebration of trust and collaboration, the pair push the boundaries of convention in a charming and playful testament to friendship, respect and profound exchange. Imagining new ways of working shaped by the sharing and negotiation of power, TWO presents impressive physicality, virtuosic music and witty encounters to expertly demonstrate the creative potential in respectfully challenging tradition.

Reviews
  • Raghav Handa shines both as choreographer and performer.

    Aussie Theatre

    A delightful encounter between a musician and a dancer, sparked by humour and the friendly power play of two artists whose art forms compete and collaborate.

    Sydney Morning Herald
Credits
  • Creator, Choreographer & Performer Raghav Handa

  • Tabla Player & Performer Maharshi Raval
  • Designer Justine Shih Pearson
  • Dramaturg Julie-Anne Long
  • Lighting Designer Karen Norris
  • LED Frame Construction Alejandro Rolandi
  • Produced by Performing Lines

Proudly supported by

Produced by Performing Lines. This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and originally presented by FORM Dance Projects as part of Dance Bites 2021 at Riverside Theatres.

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