Posted on October 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm

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ANIKAI Dance Theater brings The Knocking Within to Boston

In July, we announced to you that ANIKAI Dance Company was premiering it’s new production, “The Knocking Within” in NYC.  Now, the troupe is set to perform in Boston, MA!  Somerville’s own ANIKAI Dance Company will perform “The Knocking Within”, co-created by Wendy Jehlen and Pradhuman Nayak, at BU Dance Theater on November 10, 2012 at 5pm and 8pm.

Inspired by research into the neuroscience of sleep and the anthropology of dreams, The Knocking Within weaves a portrait of two lovers and the nightmares that plague them, unveiling their insecurities, their fears and the violence that lies just beneath the surface.

A one-hour dance-theater work with movement vocabulary drawn from Capoeira, Kalaripayattu, Bharata Natyam, West African dance, and a wide range of Contemporary dance forms, The Knocking Within calls into question the lines we draw between art forms, between cultures, even between methodologies. These lines are constructs that we inject at points along the continuum of human movement. This work combines a dizzying array of movement vocabulary, woven together into a new language of the body.

With text in English, Hindi and American Sign Language, The Knocking Within draws on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Twelfth Night and Titus Andronicus to effect a re-staging of theater, taking it decidedly into the realm of visual communication. The texts are present but implicit, creating a tension between the permanence of print, the persistence of imbedded cultural stories, and the immanent meaning-making power of bodies moving through space.

Through dance, we can tap into the deepest levels of emotion, drawing the audience into a world into which they may not wish to go. The Knocking Within presents a relationship that follows patterns found often in situations of domestic violence.  However, it also proposes alternate outcomes and interpretations.  We see the turmoil of the abuser, and the voicelessness of the abused.  But we also see what could happen if the cycle were disrupted. We are offered, if not hope, than at least the hope of other possibilities.

The Knocking Within is performed and co-directed by Wendy Jehlen and Pradhuman Nayak, with light design by Holly Ko.

Date & Times:

SAT Nov 10, 2012 at 5pm and 8pm 


BU Dance Theater
915 Commonwealth Ave.
Entrance on Buick St.


$18 in advance, $20 at the door, BDA members/Students/Seniors $15


 Be sure to catch this intriguing production and as always keep it locked to!

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