I’ve been meaning to do this for months, but I’m only getting around to it now. I’ve come to think of this strange expansion of time as “Covid time.” The “this” that I’m referring to is a series of check-ins with dancers and choreographers, a way to hear about what they’ve been up to during the past however-many-months since the pandemic began. Everyone has reacted differently. There are the hyper-productive artists, who have been busy creating dance videos and teaching and planning Zoom seminars. There are the depressed ones, who are just gritting their teeth and watching the months melt away. (As valid a response as any.) And there are artists who have used this time to look inward and explore this thing that they do from every angle, moving their craft, and themselves, into uncharted territory.
Bijayini Satpathy in rehearsal for her solo Odissi performance. Drive east 2019