Conditions Of Carriage

Conditions of Carriage‘ is a contemporary dance piece choreographed by Preethi Athreya. Created out of tasks based on finding ways to carry the dancing bodies on and above the ground, Conditions of Carriage is a group-choreography touching upon balance, empathy, rigour and the intersection of sports and dance.

The following link is a collage of various performances of this work.

Photo credit – Sharan Devkar Shankar (at IGNITE! festival, Delhi)

Copyrights of video and photo – Preethi Athreya


Across, Not Over

Across, Not Over is a collaborative dance production choreographed by Preethi Athreya – contemporary dancer/choreographer based in Chennai, performed by Kathak dancer/choreographer Vikram Iyengar – Artistic Director of Ranan: a performance collective-cum-dance institute based in Kolkata. renov14u Concept/ Choreography – Preethi Athreya

Performer – Vikram Iyengar
Venue – Spaces, Elliot’s Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai
Music arrangement – Siddhartha Bhattacharyya
Vocal – Sudokhshina Manna Chatterjee
Sound score/ Scenography – Preethi Athreya
Publicity design – Pravin Kannanur
Videography – Vijay Bhoothalingam/ Pravin/ Akhilesh
Co-produced by India Foundation for the Arts.

The full-length production can be viewed here –

The piece celebrates the subtle movements of the genderless ‘Kathak-body’ – much neglected in comparison to the more catchy-therefore-famous trademarks of Kathak – the footwork, the twirl and the ‘Rasa‘, in particular ‘Sringara’. The intricate expressions of the ‘kalai’ (wrist), the circular and linear motions of the upper body announcing the often unrecognized deep-set relationship of the muscles with the solar plexus, the lightweight angular head-movements that generate the mood and soul of Kathak are highlighted in the performance.

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Light Doesn’t Have Arms To Carry Us

`Light doesn’t have arms to carry us‘ is a contemporary dance piece created and performed by Preethi Athreya – contemporary dancer based in Chennai.

The following video is of a full-length performance of the same at Alliance Francaise of Madras.

Copyrights of photo and video – Preethi Athreya


Sweet Sorrow

`Sweet sorrow‘ is an hour long contemporary dance piece created and performed by Preethi Athreya – contemporary dancer based in Chennai.

Excerpts from the production performed at Goethe Institute, Kolkata can be seen at

 (The Chair section)


(The Floor section)

Copyrights of photo and video – Preethi Athreya