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Surabhi Bharadwaj

Kala Siddhi Dance Festival
May 21, 5:00 PM PDT
San Ramon
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My choreographic style includes Bharatanatyam and Karana movements - sharp angles & dynamic footwork complemented by fluid-like movements.


Bharatanatyam is a result of appropriation & oppression of a minority group. Understanding this history, the role of power hegemony & politics in it has made me question my practice, how I make art, & what my association with this appropriated art form implies. Acknowledging my privilege, I aim to be sensitive about what I say through my work. I’m influenced by the women’s rights & social justice movement and I’m trying to find my vocabulary to explore these concepts.

When I work as a lighting designer, my goal is to highlight the choreographic ideas and support the concept to enhance the experience for both the performers and the audience.