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Nrityagram Dance Ensemble: Songs of Love & Longing

When: Thu., Jan. 22, 8 p.m. 2015

NRITYAGRAM DANCE ENSEMBLE

REYNOLDS INDUSTRIES THEATER, DURHAM

THURSDAY, JAN. 22

From Zeus to Christ, the idea of gods dallying with mortals cuts across global mythologies. The Gita Govinda, an epic by a 12th-century poet whom scholars believe lived in the East Indian state of Odisha, tells of the deity Krishna's fickle love for the milkmaid Radha. A leading Indian dance company, Bangalore's Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, brings this timeless story to the stage in Songs of Love & Longing at Duke Performances. There is a sort of home-turf advantage at play: Nrityagram is known for Odissi, an Indian classical form which originated in Odisha, where lithe, focused movement contains astonishing detail work with the feet, the voice, even the eyes. Choreographer Surupa Sen dances solos and duets with Bijayini Satpathy, accompanied by a live ensemble playing traditional instruments such as the harmonium and the bansuri, the deceptively simple bamboo flute you might have seen Rakesh Chaurasia wring wonders from at Duke Performances in 2011. 8 p.m., $10–$42, 125 Science Dr., Durham, 919-684-4444, www.dukeperformances.duke.edu.Brian Howe

Price: $10-$42

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