About SAVITRI DANCING IN THE FOREST OF DEATH
SavitriÂ dancing in the forest of death is the story of a womans journey of loss, search, discovery and spiritual freedom through love. The original Savitri a relatively minor character in the Mahabharata,is carried off after only a year of marriage by the God of Death, Yama. Savitri challenges Yama, in an attempt to win back the life of her husband Satyavan. Traditionally she has been seen as a pious woman upholding ideals of patriarchal Hinduism. SavitriÂ dancing in the forest of death is re-visions the ancient epic story of the princess Savitri. In the desire to capture Savitri for the modern world there is an option to see her character as a woman born with full independence of spirit and mind and autonomy but made to play the role of this paragon of duty and self-sacrifice formed thousands of years earlier. The performance of Savitri is developed as a dialogue between Preetis traditional roots in classical Indian dance-theatre and her provocative modern theories of movement and expression.