Why Runs The Abhisarika
What makes the Abhisarika (a heroine from Indian Sanskrit poetry) run to meet her lover on dark stormy nights through forests infested by snakes, demons, and other motifs? This picture recitation with visuals in set design, English spoken-word poetry, and Indian dance investigates the neuroscience of her passion. Just as in murder mysteries, we investigate what was happening when the Abhisarika ran out of her house. Just as six blind men describe an elephant, each motif reveals a fragmented truth about its role in the Abhisarika’s iconography, elucidated in a song. The audience is invited to choose the sequence of motifs to hear their songs and string the performance together.
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IMPORTANT: This event has had a CHANGE OF VENUE from The Garage International @ Crack to The Garage International @ Scots (237 North Terrace, Adelaide), since the guide has gone to print.