One movement speaks a thousand words
The multi-talented Doshi has been a performer all her life, first taking the stage to transform into a flower, at the blooming age of three. She began working professionally as a dancer at 26, after crossing paths with the acclaimed Indian choreographer Chandralekha. Doshi went on to travel with Chandralekha’s troupe internationally for 15 years, dancing from Tokyo to Salzburg.
Now, Doshi bridges the space between poetry and dance in her work, sewing together literature and action, words and movement.
At the All About Women Opening Night Gala, she will perform her poem ‘Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods’, written in 2017, and pair it with the rhythm and movement of an interpretive dance on stage.
“Girls are coming out of the woods,” writes Doshi in the poem. “Lifting their broken legs high, leaking secrets/from unfastened thighs, all the lies/whispered by strangers and swimming/coaches, and uncles, especially uncles…”
The poem speaks to the power of disclosure as a woman, while the public, outward nature of her dance aims to underscore the empowerment that comes with bringing pain and trauma to an open forum, and demanding recompense for the damage that a woman’s body endures.