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Nora York, FF Alumn, collaborates with dancer / performer Rajika Puri, Feb. 23-25.

Dancer/Performer Rajika Puri to collaborate with singer / composer Nora York
in Dance / Music Collaborations at The Construction Company, 10 E. 18th St. Adm. $.12 / $.10 RES: 212. 924.7882

February 23rd, 24th and 25th (sat., sun.,mon.), 8PM
Rajika Puri (Odissi dance) and Nora York (new songs ) together with accordion player Charlie Giordano will perform a short work in progress : ANOTHER COUNTRY Exploring the possibilities of interplay and overlay: sounds and songs, cultures and modalities. Rajika, known for her innovative collaborations ("The Transposed Heads" with Julie Taymor, "Flamenco Natyam" with flamenco dancer-singer, La Conja, & "Bharata Natyam Variations" with Preeti Vasudevan and bansuri-player Steve Gorn), always reminds us that an Indian dancer is also a musican and an actor. Her improvised movements are often accompanied by her voice - melody, rhythmic syllables, chants - sounds made by her feet, as well as gestures of hands, and mime, to express the lyrics of songs.

In 1997 Nora York participated in a workshop performance at the Asia Society with Veena Sahasrabuddhe, the renowned 'khayal' singer, where she first discovered the consonances between ragas and some melodies of American song. She too delves deep into the meanings of lyrics, rhythm, and melody.

Charlie Giordano who has shared the stage with many of today's biggest pop stars from Bruce Springstein to Laurie Anderson and played for films like "The Cradle will Rock" and "The Red Violin" is also an extremely sensitive accompanist - whose fine ear (and magic fingers) are able to integrate the very different worlds of Indian raag and American song.