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KAMA (World Premiere)

Named after the Sanskrit word for “desire, wish, longing,” KAMA explores taboo in sex and addiction. Merging abstract concert dance with movement and imagery from the club world, KAMA draws from perspectives across sexual identities to portray honest narratives of the universal human quest for pleasure within a party culture -- a space where tenderness can devolve into toxic heartbreak, and an ecstatic communal experience is fraught with danger.

Rohan Bhargava, born and raised in New Delhi, India, began his formal dance training at The Danceworx Academy of Performing Arts. He trained in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop, and went on to serve as a performer, instructor, and choreographer in The Danceworx Company. In 2012, Rohan relocated to New York to earn his B.F.A in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. He has performed in works by Bill T. Jones, Deborah Jowitt, Sean Curran, Doug Elkins, and Patrick B. Corbin, and currently dances for Kizuna Dance and 10 Hairy Legs.

In 2015, after forming Rovaco Dance, Rohan received widespread acclaim as an emerging choreographer. He won "Outstanding Choreography" at Tamasha NYC 2016 and received commissions from The Moving Beauty Series and Mare Nostrum Elements. The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation selected him as their 2016 Artist-in-Residenceand he was also recognized by Dance Magazine in the article "Immigrants Who've Inspired Us". In 2017, Rohan collaborated with 7 different composers from Mannes School of Music.

Rovaco Dance Company's two-year residency and performances at LaGuardia Community College are part of the CUNY Dance Initiative, which receives major support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the SHS Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, and Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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