Atypical (PIFA Edition) – Ryat, Francois Zayas and Viji Rao

Inspired by the artistic spirit of 20th Century Paris, three Atypical alumni (Ryat-experimental performance artist, Francois Zayas-Cuban-born percussionist-composer and Viji Rao- classical Indian Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer) combine their creative talents & artistic allies to create an original performance… Aniika: Love is a Battlefield. Fueled by a hybrid mix of live music, dance, video, and spoken word, audiences follow the tale of a young couple who fight to defy their social stations for the love they cherish.

Commissioned by the Painted Bride Art Center, part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.