Feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Inspires Indian Dance Series

Happy 40th Birthday Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Varun J.

Posted on: Sat, 09/15/2018 - 10:56

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's speech in Beyoncé's "Flawless" inspired Bollyshaker Reejuta Joshi to create an exclusive 7-part original dance series, with each episode titled after a powerful word. Here Reejuta explains her thoughts around the concept:

“It’s 2018. What are these expectations? How are we not challenging them? How can we change them? Progression from these standards is the only expectation. These are the conversations we need to begin having.

Through dance, an unspoken energy guided by an inherent beat and rhythm, we can openly express and try to understand that which we question.  In FLAWLESS, we explore into each major theme Adichie presents (SHRINK, AMBITION, MARRIAGE, COMPETITORS, SEXUAL) through a South Asian lens that is guided by Eastern tradition but realized in a Western upbringing.

This project has brought together the brilliance of young South Asian artists with a largely collaborative effort in choreography, costume, makeup, music, videography…all of it. With New York City as our main stage, we present to you an artistic visualization of a FEMINIST.” - Reejuta Joshi

We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls
"You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man"
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don't teach boys the same?
We raise girls to each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes

Episode 1 - Flawless

SONG: Flawless (Live) - Beyonce
CHOREOGRAPHY: Reejuta Joshi (@reejuta) & Proma Khosla (@promawhatup)
VIDEOGRAPHY: Rutvik Katuri (@rutvikkaturi)
MAKEUP: Gurleen Kaur (@gurleenkaurbeauty)

Episode 2 - Shrink

SONG: Mind Right - Raaginder
CHOREOGRAPHY: Reejuta Joshi (@reejuta) & Proma Khosla (@promawhatup)
VIDEOGRAPHY: Alan Tan (@thealantan_)
MAKEUP: Gurleen Kaur (@gurleenkaurbeauty)
COSTUME (TOPS): Srishti Guptaroy (@srishti.roy)

Episode 3 - Ambition

SONG: Hungry - Fergie
CHOREOGRAPHY: Reejuta Joshi (@reejuta), Jessica Cardona (@jess_one_big_handful), Beatrice Cardona (@beatrice_cardona)
VIDEOGRAPHY: Alan Tan (@thealantan_)
MAKEUP: Gurleen Kaur (@gurleenkaurbeauty)
COSTUME (TOPS): MWAM (@musicwam), Renaissance Youth Council (@renaissanceyouthcouncil)

Episode 4 - Marriage

SONG: Silsila Yeh Chahat Ka Remix
CHOREOGRAPHY: Reejuta Joshi (@reejuta) & Soumya Shastri (@soumz_93)
VIDEOGRAPHY: Hannah Tran (@hannahtran.prod)
MAKEUP: Concept by Gurleen Kaur (@gurleenkaurbeauty)

Episode 5 - Competitors

SONG: No Drama - Tinashe
CHOREOGRAPHY: Reejuta Joshi (@reejuta), Tanya Thanawalla (@tanya_thanawa), Asees Singh (@aseesk), Proma Khosla (@promawhatup), Soumya Shastri (@soumz_93)
VIDEOGRAPHY: Zurisaddai Corona Jr. (@zurisaddaicjr)
COSTUME (TOPS): Eliza Karazah (@kweenkaraza) of Harakaat Apparel (@harakaat.apparel)

Episode 6 - Sexual

SONG: Ramta Jogi Remix
CHOREOGRAPHY: Reejuta Joshi (@reejuta) & Shachi Phene (@shachiphene)
DANCERS: Reejuta Joshi (@reejuta), Shachi Phene (@shachiphene), Priyanka Trivedi (@pritrivedi), Proma Khosla (@promawhatup), Soumya Shastri (@soumz_93)
VIDEOGRAPHY: Korie Genius (@geniusphotos00)

Episode 7 - Feminist

SONG: Flawless Speech
CHOREOGRAPHY: Reejuta Joshi (@reejuta) & Proma Khosla (@promawhatup)
VIDEOGRAPHY: MJ Abiva (@ninjastealth)
MAKEUP: Gurleen Kaur (@gurleenkaurbeauty)

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