Limosani Projekts in association with Kingston Arts, Monash Academy of Performing Arts and Capital Venues & Events present
Lina Limosani and Seeta Patel
Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale
Australia / UK
An award-winning international collaboration between Australian choreographer Lina Limosani and UK Bharatanatyam artist Seeta Patel, Not Today’s Yesterday blurs the lines between dance and theatre with a poetic narrative and the beauty and disquiet of a dark fairytale.
Winner of Best Dance at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe as well as a 2018 Peace Foundation Award, Not Today's Yesterday takes aim at the revisionist and airbrushed histories that have become a central point of tension across the globe. Britain and Australia, amongst others, have sordid histories and relationships with Indigenous and migrant communities and skewed histories fuel a distorted sense of nationalism. Opening up conversation through its clever appropriation of whitewashed historical narratives, Not Today's Yesterday aims to give a voice back to silenced communities.
With striking imagery, this one-woman show challenges nostalgic views of history and interrogates our ideas of equality, culture and identity, inviting audiences to see the past anew and to hope for a better future. It is a provocative, politically pertinent and engaging piece of dance theatre for all audiences.
In partnership with Kingston Arts, City of Kingston
Thursday 12 Mar, 8.25pm (Show time 7:30pm - 8:20pm)
Location: Venue: Shirley Burke Theatre, Kingston Arts
An important aspect of Not Today’s Yesterday is the two-part feature of the evening; PART A) the 45 minute one-woman dance & theatre work, and PART B) the ‘Post-Show Curated Discussion’ that explores and expands upon the themes of post colonialism and whitewashed histories. This takes place between the central creative collaborators and leading academics that are active in different types of geographical and cultural communities. The conversation eventually opens up to audiences and is an opportunity to converse more deeply around the issues raised by this very moving and topical production. More than just a Q&A, it is an inciting thought provoking discussion around how whitewashed histories impact us today and makes for an accessible, thought-provoking and aesthetically pleasing evening.
"Thought-provoking, multi-layered and engaging, this one-woman show gives you much to dwell on." ★★★★ The Scotsman
Seeta Patel (Performing Artist – Not Today’s Yesterday)
Nithya Nagarajan (Guest Speaker – Performance Maker, Researcher and Curator)
Janette Hoe (Guest Speaker – Dance Artist and Graphic Designer for the Arts)
Carol Brown (Guest Speaker – Head of Dance, Victorian College of the Arts)
Marco Cher Gibard (Guest Speaker – Artist and Sound Designer)
Friday 13 Mar, 6:00pm
Location: Monash MPavillion, Clayton
Join UK dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel for a one-off introductory workshop in Bharatanatyam dance technique. Since training under the guidance of Kiran Ratna in the early nineties, Patel has worked with a range of contemporary and Bharatanatyam dancers, including Mavin Khoo and Padma Shri Adyar K Lakshman, in an artistic practice traversing dance, choreography and film. On tour with her dance-theatre work Not Today’s Yesterday as part of Asia TOPA, Patel is thrilled to introduce this classical South Indian dance form with an emphasis on storytelling through expression to new audiences.
While this workshop doesn’t require Bharatanatyam experience, participants should have some dance experience. The workshop is taking place at Monash MPavilion, located at Monash University’s Clayton campus. This is a free event. Please register here to attend.