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Mixed Pickle

Karma Dance

'Mixed Pickle' (2021), Karma Dance.
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Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse

Members/City of Yarra locals: $18
Concession/Unwaged: $22
Full Price: $25

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Karma Dance (Govind Pillai and Raina Peterson) offer a degustation of deliciousness. This collection of tasty morsels draws from their five company productions spanning classical Indian dance, experimental theatre and queer performance art — a feast that is saucy enough to disappoint their parents and with enough spice to choke Raina’s English paternal ancestors.

Govind and Raina are critically acclaimed for their visceral and subversive approach to exploring the diasporic experience, colonialism, (trans)gender and sexuality. In Mixed Pickle they present some of their favourite moments from their previous work, showcasing the diversity of their dance practice — from classical to cabaret, the sublime to the slutty.

Stick around (or come again) on closing night to join Raina and Govind on the dance floor at Mixed Pickle: The Party! where DJ Mohini Sharma will spin the decks into the night playing smashed banga mixes of Gotho Grind, Weirdo Pop Remixes and a special set of remixed Bollywood, loose trip-hop and deconstructed club music.

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Karma Dance (Govind Pillai and Raina Peterson) are critically acclaimed for their subversive, moving and visceral explorations of the diasporic experience, colonialism, (trans)gender and sexuality. Among Karma Dance’s full-length works are In Plain Sanskrit (2015), an experimental classical Indian dance work exploring diaspora, tradition and history; Bent Bollywood (2018) a queer dance show using Indian dance to explore gender and sexuality; Third Nature (2019) an experimental dance work in which hundreds of strands of jasmine are used to create a fantastical world without binaries; Kāla (2019) a classical Indian dance work about death and regeneration; and Drishti (2020) a digital experimental dance work exploring shifting perspectives under lockdown.

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