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Dancing Across Borders with Preeti Vasudevan's Stories by Hand

Post-Performance Dialogue with Preeti Vasudevan & Soheil Fathi

Thursday, April 11, 2024
7 pm
Calderwood Hall

Join us for an evening of performance and conversation inspired by current exhibition Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West. Award-winning Indian choreographer and dancer Preeti Vasudevan performs excerpts from Stories by Hand, an original solo work that explores the artist’s search for an individual identity through stories that are personal, mythical, and social, before joining Cambridge pastry chef Soheil Fathi in conversation to unpack personal, political, and artistic questions of borders, belonging, and shared memory.

Stories by Hand takes the hand gestures of Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance) as the basis for a storytelling dance-theater interweaving East and West, past and present, the mythic and the everyday. Soheil Fathi is a pastry chef, originally from Iran, and now based in Cambridge, for whom migration is a foundational principle of his baking philosophy, and his experiences of migration and building community are at the heart of his bakery La Saison

This program and others are organized in connection with current exhibition Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West (February 15 - May 12, 2024). Exhibition galleries will be open before and after the program.


Advanced tickets are required and include Museum admission. Adults $30, Members $20, seniors $25, students and children 17 and under $15.

Seating in Calderwood Hall is first come, first served. Seating begins 45 minutes before the event. Late seating is not guaranteed.

To request accessible or wheelchair seating please call the box office at 617 278 5156.


Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West is organized by the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, with guest curator Dr. Zehra Jumabhoy.

Support for the exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is provided by the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Steve and Alexandra Cohen, Pace Gallery, and White Cube.

The Artist-in-Residence program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, and is supported by the Barbara Lee Program Fund. Funding is also provided for site-specific installations of new work on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade on Evans Way.

The Gardner Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Preeti Vasudevan is an artist represented by CADENZA ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL, 299 S MAIN STREET, Suite 1300 #9973, Salt Lake City UT 84111.