hands: rhythm project choreographed by wendy jehlen performed by dancers Jim Banta, Alissa Cardone, Genevieve Hyacinthe, Wendy Jehlen, DeAnna Pellecchia & Ingrid Schatz music composed by Nandlal Nayak and performed live by musicians Hibiki Toen, Atsuko Kida, Kentaro Uchida, Takashi Sakai, Norihiko Akagi & Dani Dalinian
"a percussive feast...a smorgasborg of sound" – Seattle Times
DeAnna joined ANIKAI in 2005 to work on HANDS: RHYTHM PROJECT, a multi-disciplinary performance piece bringing together musicians from Japan and India and dancers from the US. The performance includes folktales, poetry and other texts from Japan, India and the West. These texts are spoken, sung, signed (in American Sign Language) and danced, juxtaposing ideas and images from these three traditions. Nandlal Nayak is a composer of Contemporary World Music, born and raised in Jharkhand, India. He is a member of the Ghasi tribe and grew up surrounded by the rich musical tradition of this people. Since 1996, he has been working and composing with musicians and dancers of many traditions in the US, Europe, Japan and his native India.