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Chapter 7

IMGE Dance

India 91 and Malamente (Excerpts from Envy)

For everyone 8 and up

Ego. Judgement. Jealousy. In these excerpts from EnvyIndia 91 and Malamente—IMGE uses rhythmic footwork, world music and storytelling to explore the darker side of human nature.

IMGE Dance’s style is based on the dance vocabularies of Bharatanatyam, Indian folk dance, hip-hop styles and contemporary dance. The use of these different dance vocabularies allows for a new and colorful way of storytelling with Indian classical hand gestures (mudras) and powerful body language. IMGE uses this new form to transcend regional and cultural boundaries by creating an encompassing dance language that can speak to anyone.

Choreographed by

Ishita Mili

Featuring dancers

Natasha Benosa, Jay Bisda, Lex Bolisay, Victor Eric Garcia, Hanna Gosztyla, Andrei Miasco, Ishita Mili, Derek Moore, Raelene Osma, Sangeetha Santhebennur and Paco Valencia

Additional Credits

Hosted by
Penelope McCourty

Sign Language Interpretation provided by
Hands On, Inc.

Interpreter Director
John McGinty

Sign Language Interpreter
Justine Rivera

Audio Description provided by
Laura H. Congleton

Video Credits
India 91 video cinematography by Ken Westrick, video produced and directed by Ishita Mili
Malamente video by Ishita Mili

Learn & Engage

About the Company

Ishita Mili Global Exposé (IMGE) is a global dance troupe founded by Ishita Mili. Inspired by Indian classical, hip-hop and contemporary dance vocabularies, IMGE is passionate about reimagining how movement connects our experiences. Their stories are focused on navigating social, cultural and environmental constructs using a global movement vocabulary and dancers of different perspectives. IMGE has been highlighted at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (Mumbai), Seattle International Dance Festival and Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and won first runner-up at KoDaFe, NYC.

From the Choreographer
Most of IMGE’s work is centered around examining narratives of our cultural history. I am fascinated by the way stories told through mythology, culture and art have shaped our morals and society. If we rewrite the narratives that have been told, can we reshape society? I would also like to thank my beautiful dancers who come from all walks of life but have come together to learn elements of Indian storytelling and create the deep cultural exchange that is the very core of IMGE.

Ishita Mili
August 2020

Choreographer Bio
Ishita Mili is a Bengali American choreographer based in New Jersey. From the age of five, she began training in Bharatnatyam under Smt. Sudha Devulapalli and Indian Contemporary Fusion under Kolkata-based Sukalyann Bhattacharya, later transitioning to hip-hop under UFP Dance Company. After extensively studying a variety of dance styles, Ishita created her own holistic movement language to share her roots in a modern and relevant way. Ishita founded IMGE in 2017. Through her work with IMGE, Ishita was featured in Pulse Magazine UK and Pyragraph as a rising South Asian artist, and has taught her style all across the U.S., India and Bangladesh.

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Watch a Talk-Back Video

Join choreographers Ishita Mili and Jane Comfort from Chapter 6, as they answer questions about their work submitted by summer camp kids and families watching New Victory Dance.

Audio-Described Talk-Back

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Dancers from IMGE Dance
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New Victory Dance is supported, in part, by a generous grant from the Blavatnik Family Foundation in honor of Dawdie Appelson, a teacher, arts enthusiast and life-long supporter of the performing arts.

Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation | Howard Gilman Foundation | Harkness Foundation for Dance | Mertz Gilmore Foundation | public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council | the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature | The Jerome Robbins Foundation