Mukta, A Woman Liberated (work-in-progress)

Venue: Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre, 2018

This is an excerpt from BDC’s first full length production: Mukta, A Woman Liberated. Mukta is about the internal journey of a nayika (woman), grappling with traditional ideals of womanhood in a modern world.

In this particular excerpt, the nayika, for the first time, hears the voice of her inner Bhagwati (Goddess). A total of four dancers take the stage in this rendering. The three dancers in white costumes represent the nayikas and the dancer in red embodies the Goddess Bhagwati.

In the segment, the three nayikas are feeling defeated after tirelessly searching for their inner strength to fight their fears. Bhagwati enables them through her words: your arms are the bow and your body the arrow, launch yourself in the direction you want and gain your power. The nayikas empowered join Bhagwati and end the clip in a dance of liberation.

Performers: Barkha Patel, Juhi Desai, Ishita Bhattacharya, Deepa Liegel

Venue: Hudson Guild Theatre, NYC 2018

Commissioned by the Pangea Dance Series Traces of You portrays three different stories. Missing one’s home country, language barriers in a new country and losing a loved one back home. Based on real life experiences, each piece touches upon bittersweet memories, nostalgia and the emotional journey of immigrants after arriving in a foreign country.

Performers: Barkha Patel, Juhi Desai, Ishita Bhattacharya, Deepa Liegel, Ananya Modi Aasheeka Bathija

Embrace of Passion

Venue: Hudson Guild Theatre

Energy is contagious. It swarms in leaps and bounds. Each and every one of us has an opening in our hearts that breathes energy in and out. This piece is about that energy which is positive and makes all of us swell with joy and hope of all things great. As Indian Classical Kathak dancers, we seek this as energy to commune with the divine and take the liberty to share that same divine energy with everyone around us. This energy gives us the ability to perform with strength and grace. The loud footwork combinations and clapping, which is a large part of Kathak dance, depicts that we command this positive energy. The graceful movement portrays that we are receptive to the positive energy and allow it to flow through us.

Barkha Patel: Solo Works

Maula E Kull

Venue: New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Jersey Moves! Emerging Choreographer's Dance Festival In the Indian Classical Kathak dance format, Barkha will perform a Sufi poetry piece called ‘Maula-e-Kull.’ It is a plea of a wandering mystic lost in ecstasy. The devotee is praying to the divine Sufi saints, Haider and Murtaza Ali to cast one glance of mercy and all the obstacles from his path will be removed. The track builds up to ‘Haidari-am’ – the poetry of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

Pure Classical Kathak at the Indian International Jewelry Week, opening segment for Gitanjali Jewels.