Skip to content
Loading Events

« All Events

Base Residency Entry Point: Ankita Sharma

May 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Please join us at Base on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm for Ankita Sharma’s performance of dhoka/Betrayal/ followed by a short talkback.

dhoka/Betrayal/ entangles Hindu goddess Kali’s ultimate power and destructive nature with present-day authoritarianism and religious violence, using myth to unpack how Hinduism has been shaped into propaganda for Indian ethno-nationalism by Western influence. Tracing Kali’s deification, dhoka accompanies her transformation into a colonized, fetishized, destructive image that upholds violence with her bloodied tongue. The work lives at the fringes of reality and genre, letting the epic and human dance together: a physical exploration of how worship distorts what something stands for.

Space is limited– please reserve a free ticket in advance. Masks are encouraged, but not required at Base.

Ankita Sharma is an experimental performance artist invested in world-making where content dictates genre and betrays expectation. Their often radical, always demanding creations unpack systems and symptoms of power from a queer, punk solidarity-based lens that rehearses freedom in body and mind. In aesthetic, their work is grungy, confrontational, and cheeky, a dance-horror, with physicality rooted in contemporary dance-theater and South Asian and African diasporic forms. For Ankita, performance audiences are agentive, sitting with and challenging discomfort in environments where sophistication and blasphemy collide.

Ankita’s work has been shown at venues across the US, including Denver Art Museum, Dixon Place, JACK, Abrons Arts Center, Ormao, The Basement, The Tank, University Settlement, and LaGuardia Performing Arts. They hold a Bachelor’s in Dance and Anthropology and have trained under artists such as Eiko Otake, Rosy Simas, Sorah Yang, Rennie Harris, Hofesh Shetcher, and Pallavi Sriram. They were past MNE ECS Recipients, Performance Project Fellow, LEIMAY Incubator, and recipients of the Broadway League and Overton Memorial Award. In their spare time, they manage several award-winning dance-theater companies, including Sleep No More.

Photo provided by Samovar Film Productions

[Image Description: A seething, icy performance image from dhoka/Betrayal/. Ankita, playing Kali, gazes coldly out into the distance while adorned with a heavy beaded necklace, a leathery gladiator skirt, and black knee pads. They gesture with one hand’s thumb raised and the other flat out in front of their body. Blood runs down their forehead and dribbles from their mouth. Behind them, a man in a black kurta kneels, bloodied hands in a prayer.]


Base Art Space
6520 5th Ave S #122
Seattle, WA 98108
+ Google Map


View Organizer Website


ADA/Accessibility Information
Accessibility Outside Base The Factory has a ramped entrance located at the north end of the building (through the orange door); the southern entrance of the building is only accessible by stairs. The building has limited outside lighting and can be difficult to navigate and locate when it’s dark out. Inside Base Base is accessible by ramp through our front doors. Please note that Base is not a scent-free space and our tech booth is only accessible by a steep ladder. Base has one single stall restroom that is wheelchair accessible and a small kitchen area with a fridge, microwave, oven and stove. Equinox has two gender neutral multi-stall restrooms and two single stall restrooms that are wheelchair accessible. Because we share a building with other studios, there are often industrial noises throughout the building and heavy machinery operated such as forklifts. Transportation to Base Transit: Base is most accessible via the 124, 131 and 132 bus lines. From the 131 and 132 bus stop on 4th and Michiga