Performance of Durga Puja on stage at the Pageant of the Masters. Actors (from left to right): Juliet Loughlin, Sarah Ward, Chris Reiser, Mia Ziesmer, Frank Bianchini. PHOTO: MATTHEW ROLSTON FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. From wsj.com.
‘Durga Puja’ in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in October 2013 PHOTO: ANIK RAHMAN/NURPHOTO/NURPHOTO/CORBIS. From wsj.com.
Dance evoking Bangladesh & the UK: Akram Khan Company's DESH, 2011, Sadler's Wells, London--A collaboration involving Tim Yip (Production Designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Nair and com
Statement from the Akram Khan Company website:
'DESH meaning "homeland" in Bengali, draws multiple tales of land, nation, resistance and convergence into the body and voice of one man trying to find his balance in an unstable world. Moving between Britain and Bangladesh, Khan weaves threads of memory, experience and myth into a surreal world of surprising connection.'
Nikoo Paydar has a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London.