Presented by Baryshnikov Arts

SEPTEMBER 21 + 22, 2023

Baryshnikov Arts Center
Jerome Robbins Theater


Celebrated Odissi artist Bijayini Satpathy makes her choreographic debut with ABHIPSAA — a seeking. In four choreographic works, Satpathy expands the parameters of formal and representational norms of the Odissi tradition through both narrative and non-narrative dances, reimagining classical Odissi forms through a personalized interpretation and charting a journey of discovery in physical, emotional, and spiritual realms.

“Despite a lifelong journey with Odissi, the creation of ABHIPSAA — a seeking finally freed me to dare and tell my own stories, my way. Within the structures and parameters of the tradition, I have consciously moved away from the dance’s familiar music, stories and style of presentation, reaching into the unknown, personally and formally… The dances of ABHIPSAA — a seeking, conceptualized and choreographed during the long period of isolation of the COVID 19 pandemic, have infused me with a renewed passion for Odissi and with every live performance, I experience a deeper connectedness with my audience.”

Bijayini Satpathy


Artistic Director, Choreographer, Performer: Bijayini Satpathy
Composer of Melodic Developments and Arrangements Of Vibhanga, Virahi: Srinibas Satapathy
Composer Of Vigraha, Vimukthi: Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy
Original Lighting Design: Sujay Saple
Lighting for N.Y. Premiere: Itohan Edoloyi
Manager and Producer: Claudia Norman
Coordinator: Masoom Parmar
Master Tailor: Gulam Rasool

Commissioned by Duke University and Baryshnikov Arts. This work was made possible with additional funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional funding support for dance programming provided by Harkness Foundation.

Running time: 60 minutes

Artist Bio

Considered one of the foremost masters of Odissi in the world, Bijayini Satpathy has enjoyed a vast career as principal dancer, master teacher, and respected scholar.  Renowned the world over for her grace, Satpathy embodies the spirit and profound storytelling of classical Indian dance in a way few others have achieved.  Now, in the prime of her artistic life, Satpathy embarks on a journey to expand the tradition through her own choreographic work In December 2021, the world premier of her evening-length solo work ABHIPSAA- a seeking, sold out two evenings at Duke Performances and will have its NY Premiere at BAC in September 2023. This critical success, a dramatic exploration and reshaping of an ancient tradition, has catapulted Satpathy to the forefront of the field. She was the Artist-in-Residence with the Metropolitan Museum of Art  for the 2021-22 season, and for the 2023-2024 season she has been named a Fellow for the The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. Satpathy has been hailed by New Yorker Magazine for her “exquisite grace and technique” and by international press around the world for her unparalleled artistic expression.