A sound rolls out across the audient void, a colour out of space flashes in your mind’s eye. Narla Thotep appears before you in a mesmerizing illusion of light. Whether it be the phantasm of a levitating wand, the sacred geometry of hoops or the martial grace of the rope dart, Narla collaborates with her chosen prop undulating between its use as a dance partner and as an extension of her being.
Narla Thotep’s name is drawn from the lore of weird fantasy fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft. As a performance artist, she draws inspiration from his works which describe a cosmic universe that is right at our doorstep ready to crash in on us whether or not we decide to open the door to whatever is knocking on it. While this may sound rather foreboding, Narla is not so serious as she may first appear. She often loves being mischievously absurd and thumbs her nose at the roiling void. “If the void is going to roil at us regardless, we might as well party with spandex and glitter!” Her art emerges from the cracks of juxtapositions built with the materials from a proletarian upbringing.
Narla is also a French Horn player and an alumnus of Duquesne University and Bowling Green State University where she earned her Master’s Degree in Music Performance. You can find her performing classical music locally with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Undercroft Opera, and Tuesday Musical Club. Her interest in contemporary music has made her a long time member of the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra. In addition to playing horn, Narla also expresses her musical inclinations as a DJ, and live audio technician. To add to her diversity, Narla is an award winning seamstress. As a part of cosplaying team, House of Broken Needles, she has won awards for costuming, performance as well as hosted panels, both educational and entertaining, for Anime conventions.
Performances with the Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative
- August 27, 2017
- July 16, 2017
- July 4, 2017