Listening To Silence – A Dance Performance by Subashini Ganesan & Yashaswini Raghuram

N.E.W. presents “Listening to Silence,” by Artistic Director Subashini Ganesan

L-Subashini Ganesan (Photo by Intisar Abioto); R-Yashaswini Raghuram

WHEN: Friday Jan 31st & Saturday Feb 1st; 7:30pm. Sunday Feb 2nd; 4:00pm.

WHERE: New Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont, PDX 97214 [In the WYSE Buliding.]

TICKETS: Online $20 || At the door – $25 (

Listening to Silence – A dance performance.

Concept and Artistic Direction: Subashini Ganesan

Collaborative Choreographers and Performers: Subashini Ganesan & Yashaswini Raghuram

Run Time: Approximately 55 minutes

There are moments of silence that stand outside of time yet flash by leaving an indelible imprint on the fragile vision of reality we try to maintain. There is power in listening and responding to these eternal moments.

This performance is inspired by the artistic director’s long-time meditation on the ancient Rg Vedic poem 10.129 (Nasadiya) and various writings about silence by two authors – Rainer Maria Rilke and Jiddu Krishnamurti. The duet is a collaborative relationship of construction, de-construction, and re-construction of the Bharathanatyam vocabulary and rhythm, to explore the undefinable realms of silence. This piece is an invitation for audiences to consider the many subtleties of what silence is and can be. Especially of interest is the consideration of silence as a way of being that leads to the experience of the sacred, rather than something that one seeks only in times of troubles and need.

Subashini Ganesan is an artist, arts administrator, and the Creative Laureate of Portland. Ganesan founded Natya Leela Academy where she teaches and explores universal expressions of Bharathatyam. As Creative Laureate, she serves as the official ambassador for our broader creative community. Ganesan and N.E.W. have received RACC’s 2018 Juice! Award and White Bird’s 2019 Community Engagement Award, for making affordable space possible to artists and arts organizations.

Yashaswini Raghuram is a professional Bharatanatyam and Odissi dancer and teacher with deep training in both forms. Yashaswini performs extensively in India and USA. She has performed in several international festivals such as the International Odissi Festival, All Women’s Art Festival, Marghazhi Season at RR Sabha, and Tamara Arts Festival. Yashaswini is a principal dancer and the Assistant Director of Odissi Dance Company (, the only actively touring Odissi company in the United States.