NAYIKA
A DANCING GIRL

  • 30 Apr – 19 May 24 Upstairs Theatre
  • 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)
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NAYIKA
A DANCING GIRL

நாயிகா – ஒரு நாட்டியப் பெண்

Co-Created and Co-Directed by
Nithya Nagarajan and Liv Satchell

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 30 Apr – 19 May 24
  • Duration 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)
  • Content warning

    Contains adult themes and mentions gendered violence including sexual assault. Includes coarse language, loud music, sudden loud sound, strobe lighting and blackout.

    Should you wish to speak to a member of staff regarding running times, content warnings or any other show related queries, our box office can be contacted on 02 9699 3444.

A virtuosic solo performance mixing storytelling, live music, and Bharatanatyam dance.

A chance remark by an old friend in Sydney takes a woman back to her teenage years: living alone, by the sea in Chennai. She’s preparing for her debut dance recital, her Arangetram. She’s falling in love too! But when young love begins to unravel, the memories flooding back take on a power of their own…

This is a play about the profound ways indelible trauma shapes you, and the hope and defiance of taking back control.

A breathtaking solo performance melding storytelling, live music and Bharatanatyam dance, made for the unique talents of Helpmann Award-winning Vaishnavi Suryaprakash (Counting and Cracking, Galileo, Sami in Paradise), Nayika is story as survival. It is dance as resistance. It is a new type of heroine: one we have yet to imagine.

Vaishnavi is another treasure of the Belvoir stage, and this piece will enhance her reputation as a performer of skill and nuance, I’m sure. It’s astonishing how this work can be simultaneously rhapsodic and confronting. The dance is hypnotic, the music is spine-tingling, and the story is haunting and profound. – Eamon

The development of this work has been supported by: Vitalstatistix and Arts House. Early stages of the work developed with creative input from Vaishnavi Suryaprakash and Marco Cher-Gibard.

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PRICES

  • Full Price (Adult)^ $74 – $95
  • Mates Rates (Adult)^ $69 – $85
  • Senior* $64 – $85
  • Concession $54 – $75
  • 30-Down# $52 – $67
  • Previews $55 – $60
  • Student Saver $39 – $54

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~ Bookings of 10+ full price adult tickets receive a $10 discount per ticket.
^ Tickets to Saturday and Sunday performances may have an added $5 surcharge.
* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time student card, Centrelink Pensioner concession card, Veterans’ Affairs cards, and to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), and ArtsHub, and HotHouse Theatre Subscribers.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday matinees.

TEAM

  • Nithya Nagarajan
    Co-Creator and Co-Director
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    Nithya Nagarajan is an artist-curator with an expansive practice that is interested in the micro and macro qualities of movement. Having extensive training in Bharatanatyam, Nithya has been a soloist and a principal dancer of the Abinaya Natyalaya dance company in Chennai, India. Select creative credits include The Jungle and The Sea (Assistant Director – […]

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  • Liv Satchell
    Co-Creator and Co-Director
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    NAYIKA: A Dancing Girl is Liv’s Belvoir debut. For La Mama Theatre, her body of work The Grief Trilogy has included I sat and waited but you were gone too long, my sister feather, and let bleeding girls lie. For Melbourne Fringe Festival and fortyfivedownstairs, she directed SIRENS by Benjamin Nichol. Her plays have been […]

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  • Cast

  • Vaishnavi Suryaprakash
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    Vaishnavi Suryaprakash is an actor, dancer and emerging writer. She completed her training at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney, in 2017 and also holds an Arts/Law degree from Sydney University. Her theatre credits include Counting and Cracking, Life of Galileo and Sami in Paradise for Belvoir; Grand Horizons, White Pearl and Julius Caesar […]

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  • Musicians

  • Marco Cher-Gibard
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    Marco Cher-Gibard (b. Auckland, 1983), is an artist working with sound exploring contemporary culture, expression and experience. They are a tireless collaborator and contributor to performance work.  Select performance projects include Super Discount & Lady Eats Apple with Back to Back Theatre. K-BOX, Monsters & I am a Miracle for Malthouse Theatre. Laurinda  for Melbourne Theatre Company, Narasima& Mohini with Raina Peterson, Siren Dance & Memoir for the River and the […]

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  • Bhairavi Raman
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    Bhairavi Raman is a skilled Indian-Australian violinist. Extensively trained in Western Classical and Carnatic music, she weaves concepts and techniques from both forms, using the violin to express her bicultural identity. She holds an A.Mus.A in violin awarded by the AMEB, and has pursued advanced training in Carnatic Music in India for the past 15 […]

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  • Creatives

  • Marco Cher-Gibard
    Sound Designer and Composer
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    Marco Cher-Gibard (b. Auckland, 1983), is an artist working with sound exploring contemporary culture, expression and experience. They are a tireless collaborator and contributor to performance work.  Select performance projects include Super Discount & Lady Eats Apple with Back to Back Theatre. K-BOX, Monsters & I am a Miracle for Malthouse Theatre. Laurinda  for Melbourne Theatre Company, Narasima& Mohini with Raina Peterson, Siren Dance & Memoir for the River and the […]

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  • Keerthi Subramanyam
    Set and Costume Designer
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    Keerthi is a Sydney based set and costume designer for live performance and film. Keerthi is a National Institute of Dramatic Art, BFA (Design for Performance, 2019) graduate, and a member of the Australian Production Design Guild. Keerthi has designed set and costumes for Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Chewing Gum […]

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  • Morgan Moroney
    Lighting Designer
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    Morgan Moroney (he/him) is a lighting and video designer working across theatre, opera, dance and installation. Morgan’s work as Lighting Designer includes SHITTY (Belvoir 25A) Inferno (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra), Saplings and Shack (ATYP), Girls in Boys Cars (NTofP) Suddenly Last Summer and Clyde’s (Ensemble), The Barber of Seville (Opera Australia National Tour). His video design […]

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  • S. Shakthidharan
    Dramaturg
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    Shakthi is a western Sydney storyteller with Sri Lankan heritage and Tamil ancestry. He’s a writer, director and producer of theatre and film, and composer of original music. Belvoir: The Jungle and the Sea (Co-written with Eamon Flack) and Counting and Cracking (Associate Writer Eamon Flack). His other theatre credits include Zana Fraillon’s The Bone […]

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  • Carissa Licciardello
    Production Dramaturg
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    Carissa Licciardello is a Resident Director at Belvoir. She was previously an Artistic Associate for the company and its inaugural Andrew Cameron Fellow. She graduated from NIDA’s Directing course in 2017. Her credits include: for Belvoir – as Director/Co-Adaptor, A Room of One’s Own; as Associate Director, Fangirls 2019; as Assistant Director, Counting & Cracking; Ghosts. For Sydney Theatre Company, as […]

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  • Maria Tran
    Fight Choreographer
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    Maria Tran is a Vietnamese-Australian actor, filmmaker, and martial artist who has won multiple awards for her work in film, TV, stage, and performance. She also specializes in fight action choreography and is the founder of Phoenix Eye Films, a female-led production company based in both Australia and the US.In 2022, Maria moved to the […]

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  • Zainab Syed
    Creative Producer
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    Zainab Syed is the Director of International at Creative Australia, leading the organizations’international engagement strategy for the arts. Originally from Pakistan, Zainab has lived, studied and worked across Romania, Yemen,England, Wales, US and Australia. Her practice sits at the intersection of social justice and liveperformance. After graduating from Brown University, USA, she toured across the […]

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  • Christopher Gurusamy
    Creative Consultant
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    Christopher Gurusamy is a full-time professional Bharatanatyam artiste, based in Sydney, Australia and Chennai, India.  He is regarded as one of the frontrunners of his generation having performed extensively within India and globally. Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Christopher moved to India at the age of 18, and is the first Australian to […]

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  • Tanya Leach
    Stage Manager
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    Tanya has been a freelance stage manager for 40 years. Her theatre credits include Life of Galileo (Belvoir); Our Country’s Good / The Recruiting Officer, Little Murders (MTC); The Dance of Death (Sydney Festival 2024); Three Furies, The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe, Sunshine Super Girl (Performing Lines); Saint Joan, The White Devil, Salt, The […]

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    TERM TWO

    See this play for:
    SOLO PERFORMANCE
    BHARATANATYAM DANCE

    Recommended for Years 11 – 12

    Curriculum Links

    Drama (Stage 6)
    Preliminary
    • Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles
    HSC
    • Individual Project: Performance
    Dance (Stage 6)
    • Artform
      (Outcomes P1.1, P1.4, H1.1, H1.3)
    • Appreciation
      (Outcomes P4.4, P4.5, H4.1, H4.5)

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