Pan Asia Sounding Festival: Samita Sinha
Doors at 6:30PM
The Pan Asia Sounding festival offers a fresh perspective on a vibrant continent with groundbreaking performances that focus on the ever-evolving present and future of Asian music and art. Too often, Western presentations of Asian artists focus exclusively on ancient cultural traditions. Curated by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Du Yun, the Pan Asia Sounding festival explodes this biased lens by presenting new works on the cutting edge of contemporary performance.
The “remarkable (and lovely)” Samita Sinha (New Yorker) launches the festival with a new piece about cultural inheritance and the experience, as she puts it, “of being a body in the world”. By deconstructing classical Indian art forms, she examines the ways they represent — and have the potential to re-form — the female body. As the Village Voice notes, “Sinha is channeling the contradictions of the South Asian psyche around gender and sexuality, in a series of intimate shows that burst with feral energy”. Ferocious and incisive, Samita Sinha is a performer who demands attention.
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