3 Operettas: Pas De Deux (Dance For Two / Run Leela Run / Virahagni (Letter From a Lover)
DVD, 3:53 minutes, 3 channel video projection, looped
This is a series of 3 short video-operas influenced by my pastiche memories of Bollywood film classics and narratives within Indian miniature paintings. In this project I focus on heightened moments of iconic melodrama that begin to veer into camp parody.
In Pas De Deux, two women meet in a park and begin a dance, which is reminiscent of a Bollywood musical number. The mood is romantic and playful, but things begin go wrong as they stumble, trip and collide. In Run Leela Run, a woman is chased down a city alleyway by an unseen pursuer. The mood is suspenseful until she is cornered and faces her pursuer. In Virahagni, a wonan sits alone, weeping and reading a letter from her lover. She is consumed by the fire of passion and separation, a well-recognized leitmotif found in Indian classical dance, music, literature and painting.