Trailer video editing: Sharan Devkar Shankar
Festival of contemporary dance
March 19-24, 2018 Chennai
Venue: Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai
Every hour of performance we watch has an unseen prelude of several more. For many artists the performative moment is at times not even the most rigorous, substantial outcome of the months/years spent developing, thinking, writing, teaching, researching and rehearsing. MARCH DANCE 2018, a festival for contemporary body-centric work, focused on artists who often rely on practices other than dance as a way to find articulation as creators.
Navtej Singh Johar’s pedagogic work ‘Somatic Lab’ on the dialogue between Yoga and newer somatic practices truly brought us to the mechanical heart of movement – how it is spoken, how words translate into action.
Avantika Bahl Goyal’s silent duet ‘Say, What?’ with co-dancer Vishal Sarvaiya, employing Indian sign language, raised question about vocabularies and stylizations that are not dance, yet more urgent somehow.
For Meghna Bharadwaj, completing her doctorate in Performance Studies, writing dance is a powerful tool and prism through which to understand her processes. In this festival, she presented her work ‘Edges, Trilogy’.
Malavika Chakravarty, in ‘Ringarotus’ brought together her drawing and body in a taut, precisely timed exploration of image.
Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy’s newest work ‘Trans/It’, a duet of pure physicality, was presented as a work in progress with his co-dancer Manju Sharma.
As well, this year, as a way to throw open our doors to practitioners from outside the dance space, a week-long workshop was organized by Antonio Carallo from Berlin/Italy. As integral member of the Pina Bausch company for fifteen years, Antonio addressed several issues that surrounded performativity and theatrical expression in dance in a way that was relevant to the context.
And, gluing all this together, were talks, films on dance, interviews and many informal meetings between dance and its audience at Goethe Institut, Chennai.