This dance was funded, in part, by Cal Performances, Philip Morris Companies,Inc., and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Challenge Program.
The Silk Road Project, Inc. commissioned the music for Kolam.
|Music||Zakir Hussain - Charu A, Charu B, Rapt in 7 1/2|
|Music||Ethan Iverson - Aviary, Kolam Finale|
|Lighting Design||Michael Chybowski|
|Scenic Design||Howard Hodgkin|
|Costume Design||Katherine M. Patterson|
|Instrumentation||cello, bass, piano, tabla and percussion|
|Number of Dancers||10|
“Kolam” is the Tamil word for the art of decorating courtyards, walls, and places of worship using powders to draw intricate designs. It is the only art in India that transcends caste, occupation, and religion.
The world premiere performance of Kolam at Cal Performances featured:
Yo-Yo Ma – cello
Ben Street – bass
Ethan Iverson – piano
Zakir Hussain – tabla and percussion