A 15-minute excerpt of a 74-minute work. Dastak: I Wish You Me is a meditation on borders, loss, belonging, home, and liberation. Structured through four elemental journeys, Earth, Water, Fire, and Air, the work traces the knockings (dastak, in Farci) of global injustices on our hearts, and echoes the subtitle created by writer Sharon Bridgforth – I Wish You Me – indicating the cross-generational love that has carried communities through difficult migrations. Dastak invites viewers to imagine what freedom is possible as it expands the realms of intention and trans-dimensional connection through spells that invoke rest, forgiveness, love, and freedom.
Dastak is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, in partnership with the Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, UtahPresents, Salt Lake City, UT, and NPN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: www.npnweb.org
Dastak was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Production residency funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Dastak was developed with support from the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and by Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The development of Dastak was made possible, in part, by the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University.
Ananya Dance Theatre was supported by New Music USA’s New Music Organizational Development Fund made possible in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Howard Gilman Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation. New Music USA also acknowledges and is grateful for the support of its Endowment Donors. Please visit https://newmusicusa.org/support-our-work/honor-roll/ for a complete list of donors.
Dastak is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
Dastak is supported by a grant from the Marbrook Foundation.