2021 PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL
Laksha Dantran presents Far Within: A Contemporary Dance Production
World Premiere video installation
June 1 – 2, 2021
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 N. Ridge, Chicago, IL 60660
Engage with questions of unconditional love and human nature through this visualization of a trans woman’s nightmare during an isolating global pandemic. She saddens about the fragile state of humanity, but daymares a better world. This dance video will be presented via a live showing. Dancers: Tuli Bera, Keely Morris, Mary Ann Delacruz, Ashwaty Chennat and Laksha Dantran. Videography and Editing: Jacob Klippenstein and Peter Dorman.
About the Artist:
Laksha Dantran is a professional Indian classical Bharatanatyam dance artist in Chicago. Laksha’s training in Bharatanatyam began at the age of 10. She later joined the Kalakshetra Foundation College of Fine Arts in Chennai, Tamil Nadu India, and successfully completed a 6-year professional certification in Bharatanatyam while working as a tutor.
Laksha’s work largely focuses on LGBTQ perspectives and her own experiences as a trans woman. She has presented and performed with Mandala South Asian Performing Arts, the Indo-American Center, The Fly Honey Show, SheWolf Sacred, and more. Laksha is a 2019 3Arts / HMS Fund Awardee as well as a 2019 SPARK Microgrant recipient for visual arts, and she has toured throughout India, Belgium, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and the United States. Laksha strongly believes that art is nothing but a cosmic energy of genderless love.