this is not that dawn

orchestral workshop


Friday, May 27, 2022 @ 7:30
Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA

 

Synopsis

Punjab, 1947 | India is on the brink of Partition. Meera is a young and promising kathak dancer who falls in love with her Muslim neighbor Bilal. When he emigrates to Pakistan with his family, Meera is left to bear their child - Anitha - alone. Amid mounting violence between Muslims and Hindus, Meera gives baby Anitha over to her sister Manju who is fleeing to England.   

England, 1972 | A serious injury has truncated Anitha’s nascent ballet career. Struggling with her uncertain future and her conflicted identity, she returns to India for the first time since her birth in search of closure about the unknown fate of her mother, Meera. Through this transformative journey, Anitha discovers that she is connected to the mother she never knew by their shared passion for dance.

 

Duration: 90 minutes

Creative team

 

 Composer & Librettist 

 Music Director 

 Dramaturg 

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 Omar Najmi 

 Brendon Shapiro 

 Fatima Maan 

Musicians

 

 Meera 

 Anitha 

 Manju 

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 Amanda Densmoor 

 Francesca Mehrotra 

 Samina Aslam 

 Laranya 

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 Amal El-Shrafi 

 Bilal 

 Raaj 

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 Omar Najmi 

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 Nicholas LaGesse 

 Violin 1 

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 Lilit Hartunian 

 Violin 2 

 Viola 

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 Rose Drucker 

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 Sam Kelder 

 Cello 

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 Jing Li 

 Bass 

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 Sam Bobinski 

 Flute 

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 Laura Intravia 

 Oboe 

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 Jennifer Slowik 

 Trumpet 

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 Spencer Aston 

 Clarinet 

 Alto Sax 

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 Nicholas Brown 

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 Hunter Bennett 

 French Horn 

 Piano 

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 Nick Auer 

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 Brett Hodgdon 

 Marimba 

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 Doug Perry 

 Tabla 

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 Giri Subramaniam 

This is not that dawn is made possible in part through the Boston Foundation Live Arts Boston grant and the generosity of donors like you.