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Vancouver International Dance Festival
Śiva kissed Viṣṇu
The 2020 Vancouver International Dance Festival presents InDance.
Śiva kissed Viṣṇu is an honest, sexy, unapologetic work that subverts the heterosexual, rigid vocabulary of Bharatanatyam. For the first time in the history of the dance, two classically trained, out and proud, Indian male dancers perform a provocative work focusing on same-sex love in the here and now.
Śiva kissed Viṣṇu explores the hyper-exaggerated facets of femininity and masculinity prevalent in Indian dance, in two classical solos, while the duet disrupts these cliched ideas of gender and thrusts them into complex worlds where Indian men express sensual intimacy, defying restrictive, archaic ideas about touch and affection.