Pranita (Jain) Nayar presents Unwinding, a ground-breaking dance work that deconstructs the classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam. In 2016, Pranita received the prestigious "Lab Artist Award" from Chicago Dancemaker's Forum, recognizing her continuous efforts to challenge and reinvigorate her field. This award allows artists to explore and create new vocabulary within their medium.

This work has been the result of Pranita's 30-year career in Bharatantyam education and presentation and investigates its origins and contexts. Applying modern concepts to the grounded, sculpturesque and rhythmic qualities of Bharatantyam, Pranita finds triumphant playfulness and heart-warming self-discovery through her new movement. Set to field recordings of India's rural communities, Unwinding is charged with new expression, derived from the elements.

Unwinding will feature company dancers from Mandala Arts, a Chicago-based non-profit performing arts organization. Join us for a dialogue lead by Pranita and Mandala Ensemble following the premiere of Unwinding.

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Orphée et Eurydice
(Orpheus and Eurydice)

by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Sung in French with projected English translations

Featuring The Joffrey Ballet