Dance of the Hummingbirds is a musical dance project based on the seed concept of Portland choreographer Jayanthi Raman. The production reflects human being's struggles and challenges faced in life and how one draws upon inner strength to overcome them. The production is a confluence of dance, music, images and literature.
The production features newly commissioned poetry of 2010 Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen, new music score by musicians; images of traditional Indian painting; choreographed by Jayanthi Raman with team of live orchestra of musicians and local Indian dancers. This project uses English poetry instead of Sanskrit chants, medley of musical instruments and musical styles, creative artwork as visual embellishment and Indian folk and classical dance genres to showcase the choreography as a contemporary multi-disciplined artistic conversation.
The project builds upon the central concept of every artist’s experiences of struggling with challenges in a new world and creating opportunities for themselves and those around them. The project brings together the arts in one cohesive performance, addressing the complexities of a global artistic environment, presenting a contemporary dialogue of poetry, images, music, and dance. The production is a true depiction of creative collaboration bringing performing, literary and fine artists together on same platform. Live orchestra of exceptional musicians, poetry read by Paulann Petersen, visual artist Shashank Rao and a team of professional 8-10 dancers lead by danseuse Jayanthi Raman.