Traditionally, Indian Classical Dance focuses on narratives of gods and goddesses from stories of Hindu Mythology. We are hoping to use this dance form to tell stories of female patients and physicians who embody the strength of these mythical figures as well. The Mahavidyas are a group of 10 demi-goddesses, each with a unique strength and character, who live on the margins of acceptable society. They are widows, young girls, dark skin, blood thirsty, warriors. They are feared and celebrated for their imperfections. It is this ability to cross boundaries that makes the Mahavidyas the inspiration of this dance project—a project hoping to cross boundaries in medicine.
There are so many incredible stories of triumph and loss that are hidden because they seem “unacceptable”, not status quo. Their stories and experiences are often untold. This project connects these stories to stories of the Mahavidyas to celebrate the humanity in medicine.
Our Choreography Series
Sati’s Surgery: On Vulnerability in the Operating Room
Tripura’s Birth: On the process of Fetal Development, the Beauty of Delivery, and Transformation into Motherhood
Chinnamasta’s DNR Order: On Choosing to End Life
Bhairavi’s Addiction: On Physician Suicide and the depths of Addiction
Bagalamukhi’s Words: On Dehumanization in Case Presentations
Tara’s (dis) Ability: On Resilience in the Body
Dhumavati’s Waiting Room: On Anxiety Facing the Unknown
Mathangi’s Skin: On Racial Microaggressions
Bhuvaneshwari’s Earth: On Bodies, Rituals, and the Environment
Kamala’s Mind: On the Wonder of Thoughts
Kali’s Chemotherapy: On Fighting Cancer