Temple Wear White

On February 18, 2013 by pampi

For the Mobius performance, I fashioned temple wear in 5 minutes out of scrap white fabric. Here’s an excerpt on my choice of dress from my reflection on the performance –

Dress informs my movement.
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Temple dance is inherently sensual, even erotic. The idea that the spiritual can be gained through practices in erotic love is not new in temple thinking. It has certainly been suppressed for a few millenia. The (contemptible) Devadasi system has a conflicted history.
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I knew that I must present myself in this way outwardly despite my internal struggles with presenting myself erotically.
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Given I intended to paint with my body, I made a white temple outfit.
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The white would pick up the colors of the video being projected and serve to be a canvas when I would roll my body in paint
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It was a translucent draped perfection.
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My intention was to wear white (a color of death, purity, monkhood), have it be somewhat transparent and suggestive (a tiny blouse and dhoti ensemble), and such that it can be disposable (i intended to roll in devi’s colors: saffron, red, and white), and upon lying in paint, to enter the wild, if only in color, as a wet tiger.

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