Prakriti: A History of the Present

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“Prakriti: A History of the Present”, explores our unwillingness to accept views, beliefs or behaviors that differ from our own. This work in development traverses through our journey to find our tribe, our reactions (fear and dominance) to the different, and our ways to find balance. It premiers on September 1 at 8:30 pm, September 3 at 4:00 pm, and September 9 at 5:30 pm at the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park’s Gym (5320 W Giddings 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60630).

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The initial research process involved discussions, interviews and surveys to study people's reaction and their means to find balance in the current social-political environment. Choreographers Kinnari Vora and Preeti Veerlapati use movements inspired by daily life routine, nature elements, primal movements and experiment with sound effects created by personal vocals, body beats and bamboo sticks.

This dance production is rooted in Indian classical dance, Indian tribal and folk dance, the South Indian martial art form of Kalaripayattu, and Western modern/contemporary dance forms. Music for sections 1 and 2 was composed in collaboration with Bob Garrett.

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary
Culturally Specific Dance


Congregational Church of Jefferson Park

5320 W Giddings
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60630