A Family's Moves, Centuries Oldmore...
by JENNIFER DUNNING for the New York Times
Mr. Knight, an 11th-generation descendant of dancers and musicians in southern India, presented a program that followed the family tradition of performing a pure classical version of the dance form Bharata Natyam. He did not mix it with flamenco, hip-hop or modern dance, or tell any stories but the ones handed down through the centuries, generally about male gods and ripe young maidens. But Mr. Knight is otherwise an unusual interpreter of Bharata Natyam. He is dancing material that has historically been performed by women. And he has a lanky body on which the subtle details of this ancient solo dance largely failed to register.
published: December 6, 2005