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Arts House
521 Queensberry St
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

(03) 9322 3720
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TWO

Raghav Handa
Presented by Arts House

In the Kathak tradition of classical Indian dance, a drummer takes control while a dancer follows their lead. In “TWO” this fundamental rule is put to the test, as dancer Raghav Handa and maestro tabla musician Maharshi Raval explore the ways in which traditional power dynamics and conventional roles can be upended in the pursuit of creativity.

For close to ten years Raghav and Maharshi have built a friendship defined – and sometimes challenged – by Kathak’s hierarchy of musician and dancer. Can that friendship survive a radical experiment in creative disruption? Can Kathak?

Fusing powerful physicality with virtuosic performance, “TWO” is a dynamic, energetic dance celebration imbued with a playful spirit and zest. Conversational and intimate, it’s a candid exploration of the process of art-making and the interplay between artists.

“TWO” is a witty, personal work about an inter-generational, intercultural relationship. It explores the possibility of respectfully breaking with tradition, and asks what is gained and lost along the way. It’s a piece about making space, relinquishing power and truly collaborating.

Credits

Creator and Choreographer: Raghav Handa
Tabla Player and Performer: Maharshi Raval
Dramaturg: Julie-Anne Long
Designer: Justine Shih Pearson
Lighting Designer: Karen Norris
LED Frame Construction: Alejandro Rolandi
Produced by: Performing Lines

Image Credit: “TWO” (2023), Raghav Handa. Photo by Josh Mayers.

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Trained in contemporary dance, Raghav Handa draws on the principles of Indian Kathak to create multifaceted, engaging explorations of modern Australian identity. His works challenge cultural and contemporary norms by navigating the “preciousness” & complexities that surround traditional hierarchies and by utilising his Indian heritage to create spaces that foster robust discussion & risk taking – he encourages his audience to come to their own conclusions rather than imposing his own. His creations are novel, engaging and often playful, but he also likes to play with fire!!

Partners

“TWO” is 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.