Nova Bhattacharya breathes rich life into the spectrum between classical bharatanatyam and contemporary dance. Ed Hanley is a master percussionist whose compositions for dance are recognized for their sensitivity and virtuosity. Their program includes Peggy Baker’s seminal 1991 duet for dancer and musician Sanctum, the acclaimed solo Calm Abiding made for Bhattacharya by José Navas, and two of Bhattacharya's own works. Featuring three solo tabla compositions played live by Hanley during the piece transitions, Incantations is an intimate and satisfying duet program of music and dance.
Incantations features lighting designs by Marc Parent and Roelof Peter Snippe and requires a fully equipped stage on which to perform. For a lower-tech, mixed repertoire evening, please refer to Sleight of Hand.
An alternative version of Incantations replaces Sanctum with Peggy Baker's 2000 creation for Bhattacharya Map of the Known World. This work is performed to recorded music and requires two rather than three people on tour.