Copucha + Gup Shup

York University Dance studies PhD students Arpita Bajpeyi and Sebastián Oreamuno collaborated with visual arts PhD student Nava Waxman to create the intercultural and interdisciplinary work, “Copucha + Gup Shup.” This piece engages with cueca, Chile’s national dance; and kathak, a South Asian classical dance form. Together, the choreographers strive to honour both practices’ complex history, while examining and questioning their boundaries. Accompanied by York graduate Leonid Orlov on guitar, as well as vocalization and body percussion that highlight the shared 6/8 time signatures, the dancers bring cueca and kathak into thoughtful and joyous contemporary conversation. Another element of this creation are the projections by Waxman, created from long exposure photos of the dancers in movement, which offer context and insight into the colourful world of this piece.