Riversong

‘Beyond’, Zoya’s 2022 jewellery collection, symbolized the feminine spirit as a force of nature, finding particular inspiration in the river Indus. For their launch, we created Riversong – a performance in four acts, each telling the story of a different phase of her journey. These acts were themed on the different aspects that the collection evoked: Emergence, Fervour, Leap, and Calm. The performance integrated live musicians, singers, dancers, text, and animation, as well as light and sound design.


Mumbai and New Delhi | 2022

It begins, like all journeys begin, with the first step.

A pull towards the light. An emergence.

A ripple. A crack

In the darkness of night.

 

And before you know it,

Before you have the time to say –

‘I wonder how I’ll face the day’

‘I wonder if I’m going to make it’

Before you know it, you’re on your way.

 

And who’s to say how far you’ll go,

And who’s to know how it’ll end?

The way ahead we cannot know

But forward, forward ‘round the bend.

There’ll be time enough to sit and ponder

But now’s the time to roam, to wander

Rolling down mountains, rushing by trees,

Through sunlit valleys in soft summer breeze.

Pulsing with power, bursting with life

Soft as silk, but sharp

As a knife.

 

Steady my mind, keep my head on my shoulders

Flow free, flow wild, from boulder to boulder

So much to do before I get older

Flow free now, flow wild, flow braver and bolder

She’s out of the shadows now, nothing can hold her.

Seconds to minutes to hours to days

Inches to feet to metres to miles

What’s the hurry, they ask me

Settle down, they say

But time and water don’t ever flow backward

The river always finds a way.

 

And life may lead you up and down

And up and down, and up again

But forward! Go forward ‘round the bend.

Her surface, it glitters

It glistens

It gleams.

Rejoice in her laughter, just listen:

She dreams.

 

Her voice is the song of the infinite brook. 

She sparkles and swells, unstoppable – look!

She’ll run as she pleases, she’ll go where she deems

Relentless, determined, unfaltering stream.

Watch her tumble, see her swirl

Delight in the river, rejoice for the girl.

You’ll lose your way – she hears the sounds

But doubts and fears, they don’t unnerve her.

She laughs and leaps, and on she bounds,

Forward, forward in her fervour.