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May 15, 2023

Choreographed and performed by Bijayini Satpathy
Music composed by Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy

MetLiveArts 2021-22 Artist in Residence Bijayini Satpathy's performances are inspired by—and take place in—various galleries engaging with each site’s architecture as well as its ancestry, stories, legends, and aesthetics that are so different from Odissi’s. For these site-specific creations, Satpathy collaborated with composer Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy, who has moved the soundscape away from traditional Odissi music and into unconventional spaces.

Against Sam Gilliam’s chromatically striking and texturally dynamic drape painting Carousel State, Bijayini explores the Greek poet Sappho’s Fragment 31. Punctuating words with movement, she wrestles with the multiple dimensions of love in a choreographic sequence that is at once arresting, freeing, and devastating. The title of the piece, “Antaranga,” means “inner” or “intimate.”

“This presentation sincerely acknowledges and marks my gratitude to the Mahari temple dancers and young Gotipua dancers of Odisha, whose contributions have made Odissi as loved and rich as it is today.” —Bijayini Satpathy

For more information and a complete list of artists, view the performance program here.


Bijayini Satpathy in the Galleries was made possible by The Arnhold Fund for Dance Innovation at The Met and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Recorded on Sunday, May 15, 2022 in Gallery 924, Modern and Contemporary Art

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