Not Today's Yesterday

Using a combination of Bharatanatyam (an Indian classical dance style) and contemporary, interpretive dance, this show is a feast for the eyes, ears, heart and soul. Dancer Seeta Patel and choreographer Lina Limosani have created a piece that manages to feel ancient and yet completely of the moment.

Not Today’s Yesterday is a poised and thoughtful work and a spectacular performance.

Lip-synching to a narrative that often feels like long form poetry, Patel’s movement is entrancing as she uses abstract, transparent forms to represent an armada colonising a new land, bringing trinkets and gifts and, inevitably the downfall of the beautiful land that we have learned of in her tale.

The soundtrack flits from oppressive to exultation and Patel throws herself into the performance with frantic hand-choreography and a wide-eyed earnestness that places her in the role of the narrator. Perhaps the pre-recorded speech was necessary due to the physicality of the role but it would have been exquisite to hear her speak the words live. This in no way lessens the impact of the tale or indeed the entire experience.

Not Today’s Yesterday is a poised and thoughtful work and a spectacular performance from a powerful dancer.

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The Blurb

'Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past'. George Orwell Not Today’s Yesterday is an International collaboration between UK award-winning Bharatanatyam artist Seeta Patel and Australian choreographer Lina Limosani. This work blends techniques from Bharatanatyam, contemporary dance & theatre to create a poetic narrative that has the beauty & disquiet of a Grimm’s fairy-tale. It is a one-woman show which subversively co-opts whitewashing against itself. Once upon a time.. in a faraway land.. it happened.. did not happen.. could have happened. Supported by Chats Palace, Arts Council England, Country Arts SA, Arts SA, The Place London, Adelaide Fringe Artists Fund, LWD Dance Hub, British Council, The Bench UK and NA POMORSKIEJ Artist residency