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Why Runs the Abhisarika – Melbourne Fringe Festival 2023

October 14, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Melbournbe Fringe presents Why Runs the Abhisarika – a unique visual and oral storytelling performance with Indian dance and English spoken-word poetry about the simple neuroscience of passion. Created and Performed by Priyanka Jain

A sudden bolt of lightning flashes across the sky, sparking desire in a maiden’s heart and off she goes to meet her lover! Wait, playback and zoom in 1000x to exactly what happened within these milliseconds. This is a forensic investigation into why the Abhisarika runs. Audiences! Lets ask the witnesses- the trees of the forest, the snakes, the forest ghouls, the lightning itself!

Just like six blind men describe an elephant, each witness reveals a fragmented truth about its role in the Abhisarika’s iconography, elucidated in a song.


Dancehouse – Sylvia Staehli Theatre
150 Princes St
Carlton North, VIC 3054 Australia
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