Pradhanica explores the sonic and narrative possibilities of rhythm through dance and music. Dizzying spins, fast-paced footwork, immersive emotions, and dynamic drumming come together in this contemporary presentation of the Indian classical dance form of Kathak.
In Pradhanica, named for female “leader” or “head,” choreographer, percussionist, and solo dancer Jin Won, described as “exuberant” by the New York Times, demonstrates her mastery over rhythm, leading an ensemble comprised of the Indian tabla, African djembe, Spanish cajon, and Indian sitar. Won collaborates with renowned Indian music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil to to create this percussion driven work that has a transformative effect. Together they delve deeply into how emotions are expressed solely through rhythm and movement and explore the fundamental rhythmic connection between the dancer and music.
The treasure was Pradhanica. Fleet-footed choreography, along with music which illuminated Indian rhythms in enticingly off-beat ways. (Jin) Won’s musicality transformed her dancing into something primal. The tension between wildness and control was a hallmark of Pradhanica.
Gia Kourlas, New York Times
Jin Won adds innovations to North Indian Kathak dance…is the forward scout leading this ensemble into new lands in a delightful concert framed but not limited by tradition. She is an embodiment of pure rhythm, irresistible as she is versatile.
Robert Johnson, NJ Arts
split-second precision, crisp spins, and clean footwork went perfectly with the ear-pleasing, yet complex arrangement of drumming.