Not Today's Yesterday

2017

Not Today’s Yesterday is an International collaboration between UK award-winning Bharatanatyam artist Seeta Patel and Australian choreographer Lina Limosani. This work blends classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam) & contemporary dance in a striking, intelligent and engaging evisceration of ‘pretty’ and ‘suitable’ historical stories. It is a one-woman show which subversively co-opts whitewashing against itself.

The inspiration stems from our concerns that revisionist and airbrushed histories have become a central issue of tension throughout the world, in particular Western democracies. History is being dressed up to make a more readily acceptable narrative for us to consume to the detriment of diverse voices and stories being heard.

Britain and Australia, amongst others, have sordid histories and relationships with indigenous and migrant communities. Skewed histories fuel a distorted sense of nationalism.

This work aims to open up conversation through a clever appropriation of whitewashed histories and give a voice back to lost histories and communities.
Not Today’s Yesterday is a compelling look at the threat of histories being ‘whitewashed’ by the powerful.

Not Today’s Yesterday offers audiences a chance to engage in the most important geo-political conversation of this decade. In light of Brexit and the election of Trump it is more important now than at any time since the 1960s for the voices and perspectives of a diversity of people to be heard, considered and acknowledged as valid within the pluralistic society we say we want.

REVIEWS:

‘...this piece immerses us in a world outside of the one we are familiar with.’ ALFRONALYSIS

‘...This is an important piece of dance theatre. it is authentic and honest but most importantly, it wills
you to think for yourself.’ ALFRONALYSIS

‘...The interplay of Patel’s classical form with Limosani’s contemporary choreography makes a perfect
partnership for the telling of this old/new tale.’ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

‘...an unequivocal success’ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

‘An unmissable treat’ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

TESTIMONIALS:

‘The treatment and artistic content of Not Today’s Yesterday was of an extremely high standard’
THE LOWRY, SALFORD QUAYS MANCHESTER

’Thank you for making me feel like I could appreciate the essence of Indian dance without feeling like there is a huge gap in my knowledge of the form’. SARAH SHEAD - SPIN ARTS

‘Words are not adequate to describe what I saw’ DARIUSH FIET ‘Seeta is incredible, a true talent’ KRYSTYNA JALKIEWICZ

‘It's a joy to see a work that has that same depth of articulation physically and all the other elements that support it.’ SARAH SHEAD - SPIN ARTS

‘...this has given me drive and hope that its worth pursuing creative practice.’ DARIUSH FIET

‘Its incredible to see that so much of the context can be expressed through movement and dance’
KRYSTYNA JALKIEWICZ

‘Bravo! An excellent team, a relevant concept, incredible new movement language and ideas that are so well thought through and completely justified.’ SARAH SHEAD - SPIN ARTS

Adelaide Fringe Feb/March 2018
UK tour Oct/Nov 2018

Please contact Sarah Shead - Spin-Arts for touring information and Tech specs
sarah@spin-arts.com

PROMO for Not Today's Yesterday
Concept & Story:
Seeta Patel & Lina Limosani
Direction & Choreography:
Lina Limosani
Script:
Sharmila Chauhan & Seeta Patel
Set & Costume Design:
Original Design Dagmara Gieysztor
Reworked by 
Lydia Cawson and Chris Faulds
Performer:
Seeta Patel
Sound Design:
Lina Limosani