A member of Intersection for the Arts
Ganga Satellite is a unique dance-drama that is rooted in the Ramayana epic tradition from South Asia, featuring Bharatanatyam dancer Deepa Mahadevan and Deaf African-American dancer Antoine Hunter as co-choreographers. Written and directed by Anuj Vaidya, the project addresses the urgent issues of environmental, gender, and disability justice.
In addition to the gestural components of the performance, one of the key elements that we will develop is the sound, working towards a haptic (or tactile) design that equalizes the sound experience across the Deaf/hearing audiences. While sound is often placed at the service of movement practices, it becomes centered in this performance on its own terms. Ultimately, the project is about designing an immersive experience that does not privilege hearing, but rather thinks with the Deaf community from the inception of the project in terms of performance and sound design. Towards this end, we will partner with Sins Invalid, a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.
In keeping with the ecological ethos of this project, we are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the project by using bicycle-power for the performances, and upcycling/recycling for all sets and costumes. Even the media elements in the performance will forego digital technologies in this iteration by going back to mechanical cinemas and scrolls that engage the moving image through less energy-intensive methods that we use today. These methods are also traditional in a sense, harking back to the beginnings of cinema and digital media that are so ubiquitous today.