I recently had the pleasure of working with choreographer and dancer Revital Carroll, and her Odissi dance company Shakti Bahakti at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz, CA. Odissi is a form of Classical Indian Dance characterized by the ecstatic expression of rhythm and grace. Through fluid movement and ground-shaking footwork, Shakti Bhakti dancers weave an intricate realm of emotion and inspiration that captures the heart and ignites the spirit. Carroll first traveled to India in 1991 and studied Odissi dance in its home of origin, Odissa, with some of India’s most eminent dance Gurus; Gangadhar Pradhan, Bichitrannada Swain, Sujata Mohapatra, and Ratikant Mohapatra, to name a few. She teaches and performs around the globe, and studies under Niharika Mohanty of Guru Shradha.
Shakti Bhakti’s Lotus Moon is a spellbinding presentation of traditional Odissi Dance. Merging innovative composition with original video projection, the show delivers ancient art into the timeless present. A tribute to women worldwide, the choreography showcases the resilience, beauty and power of the feminine. The photographs I created with them hope to capture the classic forms and expression of the dance form, complimented by the dedicated dancers of Shakti Bhakti who dedicate themselves to extended periods of study and performance.