Naga Sadhu


For this past Dance Fest show, “Releasing the Apsara from Stone: Studying the Body as Temple. Part III,” there were two characters that needed to be outfitted. One was primarily body art

Photography by Kristophe Diaz (event)

Artist sadhu character

For this character, I applied clay all over the body to reference the ashes sadhus wear. When it dried it glowed significantly lighter. During the piece, I applied charcoal paste to my body. There was enough contrast for this to show up. The naked sadhu is an interesting figure in South Asian lore. The idea is that you forsake the material world and practice spirituality through yoga. In this dance drama, the character may have detached from materiality, but she is obsessed with a fantasy. I like the idea of a female naked sadhu (quite a rarity). I added a white flower garland around my waist in order to play with inverted projection when a naked dark body is projected on a white clothed body. The flower garland, if the images line up, would show over the darkened white clothed figure. A minor detail 😉

Makeup Artist: Natalie Claudio
Charcoal Paste: Nirishka Sylvester