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DANCE NEWS: Danspace Project Announces Return of Samita Sinha’s "Breathing Room" Vocal Series

DANCE NEWS: Danspace Project Announces Return of Samita Sinha’s "Breathing Room" Vocal Series

Published on January 22, 2021
Samita Sinha, "Breathing Room," Fall 2020

The Winter 2021 Season Runs from January - April, 2021

Danspace Project announces the continuation of artist and composer Samita Sinha’s monthly vocal series, Breathing Room, initiated in Fall 2020. In this live online series, which takes place via Zoom, Sinha will lead participants in vocal practice, rooted in Indian tradition, that “invites the wilderness of the body and opens connective channels of vibration.” Each session will be followed by an in-depth conversation with participants and invited guest artists.

Confirmed invited artists include Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, and Tatyana Tenenbaum (January 13), Eiko Otake (February 17), Okwui Okpokwasili (March 17), and Ash Fure (April 21).

Eiko Otake. Photo by William Johnston

In her practice, Samita Sinha synthesizes Indian vocal traditions (Hindustani classical and Bengali Baul folk) and embodied energetic practices “to create a decolonized, bodily, multivalent language of vibration and transformation.” In recent years, Sinha has been involved with Danspace through her participation in Platform 2020: Utterances From the Chorus and as one of four artists in the collective terrain/s research process, which took place at Danspace in Spring 2019.

Breathing Room is a virtual space to reclaim life force. To open channels through voice and body,” writes Sinha. “Embracing the medium of technology, we will play with making vibration-formations of our collective body through the process of listening and sounding.” 

Breathing Room is open to all levels. There is no requirement to attend all sessions. Admission for Breathing Room is on a sliding scale from $0-$20. This series will take place via Zoom. A link will be sent approximately 1 hour in advance of each session.

Admission: Sliding scale of $0-$20 per session. Participants are invited to choose what to pay based on your circumstances. We ask that you be honest with yourself and your financial situation. You are welcome to attend for FREE if that makes the most sense for you. Register at danspaceproject.org.

Accessibility: Please email [email protected] to request CART live captioning or any other access requests. Requests should be submitted at least three weeks ahead of any one session.

Photo from SamitaSinha.com

About The Artist

Samita Sinha’s sound and performance works have been commissioned by Asia Society, Performance Space 122 and Invisible Dog Art Center, Danspace, Rubin Museum, Queens Museum, and Gibney Dance, and presented by The Kitchen, Wexner Center for the Arts, REDCAT, PICA, National Sawdust and others. She has received awards from National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Foundation, National Performance Network, New York State Council on the Arts and the Ucross/Alpert Residency Prize, and collaborated across disciplines with artists including Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born, Ralph Lemon, Sunny Jain and Grey Mcmurray, Fiona Templeton, Daria Fain, Julia Ulehla, Robert Ashley, Dani Restack, Sunil Bald, and Aki Onda. Sinha teaches voice through many channels—in addition to private lessons and workshops, she has in recent years taught at Princeton University, Swarthmore College, Movement Research, Rubin Museum, Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART) in Mexico City, and New York Asian Women’s Center.


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