Empathy for sexual assault survivors

Maya Dance Theatre's third instalment of the Pancha series focuses on sexual abuse, blending contemporary and bharatanatyam dance

Maya Dance Theatre artistic director Kavitha Krishnan wants the dance work Flowers Don't Bloom All The Time to look forward to healing.
Maya Dance Theatre artistic director Kavitha Krishnan wants the dance work Flowers Don't Bloom All The Time to look forward to healing.ST PHOTOS: SONG TAO
In Flowers Don't Bloom All The Time, dancer Eva Tey (above) plays Lily, a seven-year-old who is sexually assaulted by her uncle.
In Flowers Don't Bloom All The Time, dancer Eva Tey (above) plays Lily, a seven-year-old who is sexually assaulted by her uncle.ST PHOTOS: SONG TAO

When Maya Dance Theatre artistic director Kavitha Krishnan met a sexual assault survivor for the first time, what she said upended Krishnan's views about violence and victimhood.

"Stop reminding me from where I come," she told Krishnan. "Give me an opportunity to go."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 07, 2018, with the headline 'Empathy for sexual assault survivors'. Subscribe