Throughout the development process of weather // body, Arletta and I have been been conducting research in the form of interviews and witness. We’ve polled friends, family, and strangers with questions about physical and emotional change over time. The Institute on Aging was kind enough to let us visit with seniors in their day program. Last week, we were guests […]
About This Artist
Devendra Sharma is a performer, writer, and director of Nautanki, Raaslila, Bhagat, and Rasiya, the traditional musical theatre genres of northern India. He was trained in the famous Swami-Khera Gharana by renowned folk guru Pundit Ram Dayal Sharma. He has given more than five hundred performances to date and directed many films illustrating Indian folk traditions. At present, he is an Assistant Professor of Communication at California State University, Fresno. Sharma’s artistic mission is to use the indigenous performing arts to bring critical attention to contemporary global issues and empower marginalized people. His current Nautanki piece examines the phenomenon of Indian men who come to America from India to study or work and have two romantic partners, one in India and another in America.
Nautanki, a traditional folk musical theater from rural north India, is marked by lively dancing, pulsating drumbeats, and full-throated singing. Mission Suhani follows a confident young Indian bride, and her Non-Resident Indian groom, who has taken her dowry and left her in India. Against familial and societal pressure, Suhani travels to the U.S. where she finds her husband, recovers the dowry…and more! Working with his father Pundit Ram Dayal Sharma, a prominent Nautanki master, Sharma crafts a brilliantly entertaining, thought-provoking and moving musical that examines women’s empowerment.
March 28, 2017
March 15, 2017
Project Space artist Alice Combs: power and idleness By Erica Dixon I had a great conversation with Alice Combs, our March Project Space resident artist, during her residency earlier this month. We sat down in the windowless, concrete room amidst her then in-process installation, charger cables hanging from the ceiling all around. While in […]
March 14, 2017
March 9, 2017
I’ve been thinking a lot about how we homogenize and scorn houseless people. Without knowing their stories, the people on the streets are casted aside as an eyesore unworthy of hospitality and attention. Before moving to San Francisco, I’ve heard all the horror stories. I’m sure you have too. The Tenderloin is where you go […]
February 24, 2017
THE NOTION OF FAITH- AND QUESTIONING WHAT WE PLACE FAITH IN- IS MATERIAL FOR ACTIVISM. IT IS A WAY OF LOOSENING THE BELIEFS WE UNCONSCIOUSLY HOLD ONTO SO TIGHTLY. I attended the performance FAITH MATERIAL: ACTIVISM created by Jesse Hewit / Strong Behavior showing at the performance art space, CounterPulse. The show title is both direct […]