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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.

Details List

Choreography Mark Morris
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
Runtime 28 minutes


“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