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From Sublime to Divine

By • Jul 20th, 2010 • Category: Fringe, Reviews
From Sublime to Divine
Nazanin Baygani & Lisa Santhanam
The Apothecary
Through July 24th
65 minutes
Reviewed July 17, 2010

The Official Description: A tale of two strangers, who by chance, stumbled upon Odissi – an Indian classical dance. This playful story depicts their transformation in dance as they journey from sublime to divine. Their stories are captured through narration, story telling, and dance.

What You’ll Like: Lisa Santhanam and Nazanin Baygani present a collection of Indian dances. They perform to a pre-recorded narration, speaking themselves only occasionally. The story recreated the pair’s journey to India to learn these dances. I was reminded of the International Street Fairs from my college days. Exposure to new cultures is important, and can be fun. There were a few children in the audience and they were fascinated.

What You Won’t: While the movements were interesting, those unfamiliar with the dances or the Indian culture will quickly become bored. The bells worn around the dancers’ ankles also became annoying.

Overall: If you’re a dancer or are familar with the Indian culture, you’ll enjoy this.


Lisa Santhanam and Nazanin Baygani


  • Photographer: Mr. Chandra, Cynthia Nair
  • Technical Editor: John Jorgerson
  • Lighting Coordinator: Mike Stepowany
  • Choreographers: Kajol, Aparna Moondra

Disclaimer: Capital Fringe provided a complimentary media ticket to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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