Broken Seeds Still Grow: Taking Root

Nava Dance Theatre
Fri-Sun, Mar 29-31, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sat & Sun 3pm matinee
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Broken Seeds Still Grow is back with TAKING ROOT, a sequel and ongoing exploration of South Asian and South Asian American history using bharatanatyam, Indian miniature painting, calligraphy, and live original music.

Four shows over three nights including two matinee options

Rupy Tut and Nadhi Thekkek look at both the past and our present and how they inform each other. They tell the stories of the 1947 Partition (from The 1947 Partition Archive and other sources), where “othering” happened in secular societies, but follow it with stories of “othering” from the South Asian diaspora right here in the US. They layer art forms, while also exploring the layers of what defines them right now. Maestro GS Rajan makes these layers come alive with his original score and allow all of us to access these stories in ways that make it hard to forget.

In this iteration we also look at South Asian American history which spans the last 100+ years. We look to resources courageously collected by South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), South Asian Americans Leading Together, Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour, books like We Too Sing America by Deepa Iyer, The Sun Never Sets by a number of authors and editors, Bengali Harlem by Vivek Bald, The Karma of Brown Folk by Vijay Prashad and so many others as we use our art to reflect on the current political rhetoric against immigrants.

Special Events

Join us 45 minutes before showtime for an interactive installation
Post-show talkback on Sat, Mar 29

Created and Directed by Nadhi Thekkek and Rupy Tut
Choreography by Nadhi Thekkek
Visual Art/Animation/Design by Rupy C. Tut
Music composition by GS Rajan
Visual Design Team: Darl Andrew Packard, Wolfgang Wachalovsky, Kat Renee Cole
Lighting Design by Richard Board
Dancer collaborators: Shruti Abhishek, Vertika Srivastava, Lalli Venkat, Shelley Garg, Nitya Narasimhan, Kavita Venkateswar, Aishwarya Subramanian
Musician collaborators: GS Rajan, Manasa Suresh, Rohan Krishnamurthy, Akshaya Ganesh, Michelle Ruttimann, Chris Evans
Sound by Patrick Simms
PR Manager Mary Carbonara

Produced by Nava Dance Theatre and Art by Rupy

Grateful to the California Arts Council Cultural Pathways and CounterPulse Co-Production program for the support for this sequel and for the orgs who have supported previous iterations of this work: Zellerbach Family Foundation, @Dancers’ Group CA$H Grants, East Bay Community Foundation East Bay Fund for Artists, City of Oakland Individual Artist Grant, ACT 2018 Artshare Residency, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


March 29, 2019
March 31, 2019
$21 - $35