YAVANIKA SYNOPSIS


Yavanika - Veiled Perspectives is a ground breaking Arpan production which explores how we view our lives and relationships when in reality, we see life through our own veil; a veil which has been designed by our colors, backgrounds, experiences and personalities. We all are prompted by our primordial instincts, to scan our environment and make judgment calls for survival. In the context of relationships however, should we draw or act upon this instinct?

Life is a maze. All of us are finding our way through it. Our perspective on life at any given time is a composite of the decisions we make and our life experiences.

Veiled Perspectives is a long awaited dream of the innovative Artistic Director of Arpan and professional dance exponent, Dr. Joyce Paul Siamak. She has used personal life experiences, stories of women who have inspired her and women who have succumbed to the stresses of life to weave a rich tapestry of raw emotions through dance.

Yavanika (translated as “screen or curtain”) merges philosophical dialogue through music and imagery with the rich techniques of the classical dances of India. This work is primarily built using the grammar of Bharatanatyam (an Indian classical dance form) and embellished with other East Asian classical dance genres.

What storylines does Yavanika use to provide a visual form?

  •     Two women
  •     Two lives
  •     Two women navigating the maze of life
  •     Two perspectives molding into a world view created by society, friends, family
  •     “Life” as a vibrant, pulsating maze is represented by 6-8 dancers.

What questions does Yavanika explore?

  •     Colored glasses or self-drawn veils?
  •     Veil of choice or veil imposed?
  •     Are there right and wrong perspectives?


What do we want the audience to ruminate on after they see Yavanika?

  •     How can I be aware that perspectives in relationships are equally valid within their own context?
  •     Although judgment is a primeval survival instinct, should we act on it in our relationships?


Yavanika ’s performing artists aim to open the viewer’s mind and heart in the hope that planting a small seed of thought can go a long way in making the world a better place. We seek your partnership to helping us achieve this in an impactful way.

The world premiere of Yavanika : Veiled Perspectives is scheduled for March 22nd  2014 at the Kirkland Performance Center as part of their 2013-14 season calendar. This is a longtime dream of the innovative Artistic Director of Arpan and professional dancer, researcher and choreographer, Dr. Joyce K. Paul-Siamak. She has used personal life experiences, stories of women who have inspired her with their triumphs and women who have succumbed to stresses of life, to weave a rich tapestry of raw emotions through dance.

Yavanika debuts original script, story, music and choreography by local artistes. Here Joyce pushing the boundaries of traditional Bharatanatyam choreography which is her artistic signature. Working with local artistes allows her to do that effectively. For example, working with local musician and long-time collaborator Dr. Meera Krishna has allowed Joyce to create this work where the choreography informs the music and the music inspires choreography. This iterative process harkens back to a time where music composition and dance choreography dialogued about every aspect of this type of creative work. There has yet to be such a unique and professional dance performance offered in the Puget Sound region.