Duet with Chitra Vairavan
Photo by William Johnston

Duet with Chitra Vairavan

Eiko recently choreographed a solo for Chitra, which she performed in 2018. Eiko created the solo by working collaboratively to create a duet, which Chitra then performed alone. In their upcoming residency at McAllister, they will each work with places important to them - Eiko with a projection of a train station in Fukushima, and Chitra with a projection of train station in India where her parents met. They are experimenting with paralell solo-making as a duet.

Chitra Vairavan is a contemporary Indian dancer and choreographer of Tamil/South Indian-American descent. Vairavan is immersed in both Tamil culture and progressive brown politics in the U.S. She dances to heal and creates dance to help heal others.  Her embodied practice and experimental process is rooted in deep listening, freedoms, poetry, vulnerability and ancestral memory.