Bijayini Satpathy, an Odissi dancer, has subtly changed her movement language.
Bijayini Satpathy was meant to spend the most of last year on her maiden solo tour.
For 25 years, she had been a dancer and teacher at Nrityagram, a community in southern India devoted to the study and performance of Odissi. Instead of her planned solo tour, Satpathy entered a period of intensive creativity and self-discovery. She worked alone for months, further exploring a personal movement language that pushes at the edges of this exquisite classical dance she has been practicing her whole life. “The pause kept me focused and grounded, with a purpose,” she says. One result is her new evening-length solo, Abhipsaa, which she will perform at Duke University December 10–11. After that, she will begin her yearlong tenure as artist in residence at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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