Saturday, September 21
Shakespeare Theatre Company's
Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St NW
Sadanam Balakrishnan & Leela Samson
Opening performance by sitar player Alif Laila
Samson and award winning Kathakali dancer Sadanam Balakrishnan present their jointly choreographed work depicting the life of a heavenly nymph on earth, her marriage to a human king, and their inevitable but heart wrenching separation when the nymph’s time on earth is done. Esteemed DC critic George Jackson described Samson’s 2011 performance in DC as follows: “[Leela Samson's] dancing has been an alloy of flesh, velvet and willpower since I’ve known it and this time she had to will her body to obey more emphatically than before. Obey it did and her marvelous balances lasted untremored. With one leg raised at an angle in front and the clearly articulated arms floating, Samson’s right index finger was poised in expectation as the light on her faded – undoubtedly it was eternity for which she was waiting.”
Alif Laila brings her musical display of serenity and emotion from the Sitar—the soul of South Asian classical music. Alif has been prolific in the studio, recording with world-renowned tabla artists like Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Ustad Taari Khan. An accomplished artist in both music and water colors, Alif is a long time Dakshina friend and featured artist.