Basit Jamal, Video still from The Palace is Dreaming .
Tough Break
Started 2018 off with an injury—but it led to much-needed rest and introspection.
JustLikeThat 4.0
Recovered to perform JLT 4.0 in the Performance Mix Festival/NYC (with dancers below; voiceover by vocalist Roopa Mahadevan and actor John Kevin Jones).
Image: Kathryn Butler. (l to r) Parijat Desai, John Gutierrez, Trinity Dawn Bobo, Quentin Burley.
  • Selected for Gibney Dance Center’s Moving Toward Justice Fellowship! This year will develop programs with/for Chhaya Community Development Corporation.
  • Classes with desi seniors of India Home, who performed at the Rubin Museum.
  • Chhaya's Chatpati Mela (street fair); we performed and got the 50+ audience and passersby moving!
  • Led DITR at Roosevelt Island's Fall for the Arts
Image: Mansura Khanum. Parijat with Sameena Mitta and Trinity Dawn Bobo.
O.O.F. 3.0 (studies in the opposite of fear)

  • Performed O.O.F. solo at La Mama Theater—Lovely NYT review.

  • Residencies through CUNY Dance Initiative and CPR–Center for Performance Research to develop choreography and design.

  • Ended the year with an ensemble run of O.O.F. 3.0 at CPR. Joined by dancers pictured below, and Philip Mayer (drum set)—lighting by Tuce Yasak and set design by Gian Marco Lo Forte.
Image: Jacqueline Cannon.
(l to r) Quentin Burley, Annie Wang, Stanley Gambucci, Trinity Dawn Bobo, Parijat Desai.
  • Taught/performed at Texas Tech, Univ. of Colorado/Denver, UCLA, and UC Irvine (as part of UCI's Contemporary Bodies in Cultural Resonance Festival, honoring Asian-Am perspectives in contemporary dance)

  • Summer intensive through Stanford University in New York

  • Especially fun—teaching technique at Lehman College/CUNY and The Spence School
Thursday, January 24
Panel @ MoMA
Movement Research Studies Project at MoMA, with Miguel Gutierrez, Tara Aisha Willis, David Thompson, and Parijat Desai | Moderator: Ambika Raina
FREE: RSVP + Info forthcoming here.

Sunday, January 27
Dance In The Round @ CPR's Sunday Salon
CPR invites their artists in residence to share process. I'll lead a 30-min Garba workshop, joined by some cast members, and talk about O.O.F. 3.0 .

Email with questions.
Finally, a huge thank you to our 2018 donors for making this happen! Thank you also to CPR, Mertz-Gilmore, CUNY Dance Initiative, and India Center Foundation for your generous support.

Parijat Desai Dance Company is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of PDDC must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law