Why Runs The Abhisarika

Why Runs The Abhisarika


19 - 23 Sep | 1 hour 5 minutes Emerging Artist Sharehouse - The Office

Enjoy a unique visual and oral storytelling performance with Indian dance and English spoken-word poetry about the simple neuroscience of passion.

A sudden bolt of lightning flashes across the sky, sparking desire in a maiden’s heart and off she goes to meet her lover! Wait, playback and zoom in 1000x to exactly what happened within these milliseconds. This is a forensic investigation into why the Abhisarika runs. Audiences! Lets ask the witnesses- the trees of the forest, the snakes, the forest ghouls, the lightning itself!

Just like six blind men describe an elephant, each witness reveals a fragmented truth about its role in the Abhisarika’s iconography, elucidated in a song. But why do their answers all talk about Dopamine?

Show details

Show details
  • 19 - 23 Sep | 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Venue 1: Emerging Artist Sharehouse - The Office
Performance notes
  • Sydney Premiere
Venue details & accessibility
Emerging Artist Sharehouse - The Office

Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville 2043 (Gadigal Country)
Telephone: 95506087


There is ramp entry to the right of the building. The ramp width varies from 98cm at the entrance to 118cm in the middle. Partial uneven ground out the front. Street parking and accessible parking near by, close to bus stops. Note there is an accessible bathroom but can only be accessed through the 'Living room'.

How to enter:
Door too narrow for this room. Not accessible for wheelchair users

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  • Producer & Cast – Priyanka Jain
  • Crew – Abhijit Pal
Photo credits: Abhijit Pal and Tirtho Lahiri
Photo credits: Abhijit Pal and Tirtho Lahiri