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Preview: The Seventh Love/Natya Dance Theatre

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Photo courtesy Ravi Ganapathy

Photo courtesy Ravi Ganapathy


The mother-daughter team of Hema and Krithika Rajagopalan collaborate once more with Lookingglass co-founder David Kersnar to create a fusion of classical Indian Bharata Natyam and narrative theater. “The Seventh Love” takes name from the Buddhist conception of the five aspects of love (attention, affection, acceptance, allowance and appreciation) plus two more: perfect love and the seventh, ultimate, selfless love. Staged as a discussion (and duet) between a sage and king, “The Seventh Love” examines relationships through stories about the life of Krishna. Kersnar and Krithika Rajagopalan pull contemporary experiences into the narrative by weaving in stories from Chicago women about their real relationships, ranging from loving marriages gone sour to romantic disappointments quietly suffered to tales of abuse. Three stories of unfulfilled or failed love end with the women confessing their silence. Choreography from Hema Rajagopalan turns verbal storytelling into a visual feast. (Sharon Hoyer)

At the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, (312)334-7777. Saturday, November 2 at 7:30pm. $24-$75.

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