2016:  Passport to India, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. (April 3)

                 2015: FIVC Off (Alternative Screen) Festival Internacional de Videodanza, Chile.

                 Soorya Performing Arts L.A. Dance Festival, Malibu, CA.

                 Citizen Jane Film Festival, Dance-Film Program, Columbia, MO. 

                 Official Selection, Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne, France.

                 Official Selection, Indian Cine Film Festival (ICFF), Mumbai, India. (Jury Best Music Video Award)

                 Official Selection, Movies by Movers Screendance Festival, Boone, North Carolina.

                 Biennial Quad State Exhibit, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL.

                 7th Annual St. Louis Indian Dance Festival, Clayton, MO.



One of the first dances learned in the south Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam, Alaripu is a meditative opening up of mind and body in preparation for the rigors of the dance. Alaripu means “blossom” in the Tamil language. In this screendance work, a 3-beat, or “Tishra Alaripu” is danced throughout the environment of an apple orchard during a springtime bloom, connecting the symbolic essence of the dance with the burgeoning life force of the ephemeral peak days of the orchard bloom. The film opens with a gradual transition from winter into spring, followed by the Alaripu dance itself, dissected and reconstructed with multiple perspectives of its movements, including close-ups of “mudras” and footwork.  Dance images are cut with illustrative diagrams of archival orchard-layout plans and bud/blossom anatomy cutaways. Juxtapositions of the dancer and biological imagery create tripartite montages, alluding to the 3-beat metric of the dance.

Choreographic arrangement of Alaripu for the camera: Cherie Sampson.

Version of Alaripu choreographed by: Prasanna Kasthuri, Soorya Performing Arts, St. Louis, MO. USA.

“Solkattu” (rhythmic recitation): Cherie Sampson.  (A traditional solkattu for “Alaripu” with slight variations by the artist for the production.) 

Video & Audio Post-production: Cherie Sampson

Camera: Brian Smith (Scanline Video), Daniel Kelly, Cherie Sampson

Costume Design: Kerri Packard

On-location assistants: Dan Kelly & Wendy Stegall