TISHANI DOSHI’S MASTERPIECE
The Cube Gallery, Moira presented an evening of dance and poetry with acclaimed poet, author, dancer Tishani Doshi that marked the Goa launch of her new book of poems, Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods. Tishani released the book with a powerful performance encompassing a reading of her poems as well as an experimental dance act.
The Cube Gallery in Moira held its first book release on Saturday, November 4, 2017, with the launch of Tishani Doshi’s new book of poems, Girls Are Coming Out Of The Woods. Exploring a unique performance based enactment of her poems, Doshi read out extracts while performing an experimental dance act. This anthology of poems is a collection of hard hitting poems, almost clawing its way out of the earth, seeking its rightful recognition and urgency. With a reference to the brutal gang rape case in Delhi and the titular poem dedicated to her friend Monica Ghurde, who was murdered in her home in Goa, Doshi’s haunting words resonate, “Girls are coming out of the woods, wrapped in cloaks and hoods, carrying iron bars and candles and a multitude of scars, collected on acres of premature grass and city buses, in temples and bars.” Having been a disciple of the legendary choreographer, Chandralekha, Doshi clearly draws from her passion in dance to her poetry, in establishing time, rhythm and structure. The anthology speaks of love, decay, death and poetry. Talking about feminism today, Doshi said, “For so many years, women did not have the opportunity to tell their stories or make their art and it is only fairly recently that we did. Feminism is really about the collective.” Elaborating on her wish or desire for the book, Doshi said, “I wish poetry reaches more people. I want the readers to come out of the woods.” Befitting of her work, the poems were read, amidst the backdrop of art made by 8 women artists as part of Cube Gallery’s show SHE - a celebration of the female spirit. While SHE was expressed through the visual arts ranging from charcoal to video and installation, Tishani’s evening of poetry and performance enlivened and recharged the space by using the power of the spoken word and the dynamics of rhythm. The evening was a treat for the audience as these interdisciplinary arts come together in a revelry of the joyous feminine.
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