Indian Performing Arts Samskriti presents Incredible India: Bhoomi
Bhoomi explores one of humanity’s greatest challenges, climate change, through the lens of Indian philosophical thought. Framed by the portrayal of the five natural elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth, the work depicts the evolution of humanity’s connection to these fundamental aspects of the earth’s existence. It asks why and how have people gotten to this point and what might they do to slow this course they have laid for themselves?
The work unfolds in front of paintings by award-winning artist Shanthi Chandrasekhar and lush designs from Dylan Uremovich. India-based music composer Praveen Rao provides a sweeping and innovative original score.
Bhoomi was commissioned in 2018 by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Local Dance Commissioning Project (LDCP). Kalanidhi Dance was one of only three dance companies from the Washington, D.C. region to receive the award in 2018. LDCP supports local dance artists by commissioning work and presenting it to a wide audience via the Millennium Stage. The project provides funds for each artist to create a new work and a venue to premiere it in, as well as rehearsal space, artistic mentorship, and technical assistance.