Achinta S. McDaniel’s “Firebrand Sway”
In a blend of Eastern and Western dance styles, “Firebrand Sway” highlights the choreography of Blue13 Dance Company’s artistic director Achinta S. McDaniel, whose work combines American dance with traditional Indian influences. In collaboration with director, composer and cinematographer Saam Gabbay, the two created a hauntingly beautiful film set in a picturesque desert landscape. With every detail precisely captured, from the movement of the hands to the colors of the costumes, the dancers explore a sense of loss and connection while fusing contemporary, bharatanatyam and kathak styles. “Firebrand Sway” was recognized as an award winning film at the 2022 PNB Dance Film Festival.