We had practised, of course we had practised. With our guru, how could we not?
Radha and Krishna were to sit together exploring their love during Jayadeva’s Ashtapadi Kisalaya. Krishna was to take Radha’s hand and press it against his chest. He was to put his arm around Radha’s shoulders and draw her close to him.
Unfortunately, that was not what happened on stage.
Krishna and Radha were not seated comfortably on the floor or on a wooden stool.
Krishna tried to move close enough to Radha to put his arm around her, and the plastic stool on which he was seated shook dangerously. He held her hand instead.
Radha and Krishna sat far away from each other, each balanced precariously on a shaky stool, too afraid to move one toe out of line.
Somehow, the piece got over without the stools breaking or moving further apart.