Labyrinth Goes to India

In September of 2017, Labyrinth Dance Theater was invited by International Arts Curator Rekha Sameer to be part of the first ever arts residency in the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodphur, India.

The residency included 10 visual artists from countries around the world including the U.K., Iran, Grenada, India, and the Netherlands. Labyrinth Dance Theater from New York added the only American and the only dance presence to the eclectic mix.

Felicia Norton, renowned dancer and longtime member of the company, joined Artistic Director Sasha Spielvogel to create a site-specific piece based on the indoor women's quarters and outdoor spaces found in the ancient fortress which was built in 1460.

As we created Chrysalis, the birds whose space we daily invaded let us know they were not pleased with our presence by swooping above us as we rehearsed. We had wanted to work with local musicians to create the music, but there wasn't enough time or equipment to do so on the two-week residency. So we used the sounds of the very loud birds instead. It's a good thing they hadn't seen Hitchcock's film.

Conceived & Choreographed by Sasha Spielvogel and Felicia Norton
Featuring Felicia Norton

felicia india 1 from Sasha Spielvogel on Vimeo.

felicia india 2 from Sasha Spielvogel on Vimeo.

felicia india 3 from Sasha Spielvogel on Vimeo.



Background photo: Mehrangarh Fortress in Jodphur, India.