June 23, 2018

Still I Rise: Vidhya Subramanian

You may write me down in history, with your bitter, twisted lies
You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust
I’ll rise.
Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise.
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise”
- Maya Angelou

Still I Rise is a dramatic dance-theater presentation incorporating Bharathanatyam, yoga, theater, spoken word and music. This solo work by Vidhya Subramanian exemplifies the example of Draupadi by urging every woman to awaken and realize that especially in current times, she has to fend for herself. Draupadi may have been saved by Krishna from being disrobed in court as her husbands and other watched helplessly or gleefully, but beyond that her sense of self was constantly challenged by her life circumstances. This piece interprets the pivotal, defining episodes in her life seen from a first person perspective. Covering six languages set to original music, it uses the take-off points in mythology to transcend into the imaginary, to build a bridge between myth and life, to re-write myth.

  • Concept and Choreography:  Vidhya Subramanian
  • Music composition:  Rajkumar Bharati
  • Script:  Priya Das & Vidhya Subramanian
  • Costume:  Sandhya Raman
  • Sound and music production:  Sai Shravanam
  • Lighting design:  Kaveri Seth