B21 Improvisation – A Review


“Preethi pulled Chandana into her circle of obsession and in turn acquired Chandanas’s stable serenity. She countered Chandana’s proposition of an abstract definiteness with a frenzied narrative of familiar gestures”… it was when I wrote this line I simultaneously realized that I was increasingly sounding like a football commentator gone slightly askew in her mind, and that it was really three whole hours that had passed since I came in. It was not an extremely intense technique-based three hours. Rather cornily, it felt like a fun time that allowed both a bit of work and a bit of gobbledygook, and finally seemed to get over before one would like it to. The genre of fun might have had a shade of the obscure, or more appropriately a hint of uncertainty. But that might have been the whole point of the session –one that probably made each participant think, search and improvise beyond the grids of the auditorium of the Alliance Francaise of Madras.

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Restricted View

`Restricted view‘ (2012) by Anoushka Kurien – contemporary dancer based in Chennai – explores a choice of four tasks she appoints to her body and its surrounding space – flipping, rotating, sliding and re-sizing. It is a 13 minutes long contemporary dance piece.


The following video features a full-length performance of the piece at Alliance Francaise of Madras.

Music – Darbuka Siva

Light – M. Natesh

Performer – Anoushka Kurien

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Beautiful Thing 1

Beautiful thing 1‘ (2009) is a contemporary dance piece created by Padmini Chettur – contemporary dance maker based in Chennai.


Literary consultantVivek Narayanan.

Light – Jan Maerten.

Technical support – Gilles Richards.

Costumes – Vlls Designstudio, Padmini Chettur.

Production – Phileas Productions.

Co-production – Theatre de la ville, Paris; Szene Salzburb, Salzburg; India foundation for the Arts; Radialsystem , Berlin.

Performers – Padmini Chettur, Preethi Athreya, Akila, Anoushka Kurien and Sujata Goel.

“I see this work as a construction. A construction in space, a construction of time. The dancers are the discreet segments of a unique mathematical equation. An equation that is balanced, where disjointedness is sewn together. Blocks of movements are added, subtracted, multiplied until finally we arrive at meaning.

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`Pushed’ (2006) is a 80 minutes long dance piece created by Padmini Chettur – contemporary dance maker based in Chennai., supported by Arts Council Korea.

The full-length production can be viewed here in four parts.

MusicMaarten Visser.

Musicians – Lee, Hway-yeon – ajaeng Park, Ji-hye – haegum Park, Young-seung – komungo.

Facilitator – Kim Kwang-Lim.

Costume – Metaphors.

Light – Zuleikha Chaudhari.

Co-production – Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Padmini Chettur.

Performers – Padmini Chettur, Krishna Devanandan, Anoushka Kurien, Divya Rolla, Akila and Ashwini Bhat.

Links to individual videos

  (Part 1)

(Part 2)

(Part 3)

(Part 4)

Selected moments from the production can be seen here.

Copyrights of the video and the photo – Padmini Chettur

Paper Doll

`Paper doll’ (2005) is a 70 minutes long contemporary dance piece created by Padmini Chettur – contemporary dance maker based in Chennai.

PAPER DOLL -Schaubühne Berlin

The full-length dance production can be viewed here in three parts.

MusicMaarten Visser.

Design – Sumant Jayakrishnan.

Co-production – Springdance, Utrecht; Dance Theatre, Groningen; KunstenFESTIVALdesarts, Brussels; SW & G, Berlin.

Performers – Padmini Chettur, Krishna Devanandan, Preethi Athreya, Anoushka Kurien and Andrea Jacob.

Links of the individual videos

(Part 1)

(Part 2)

(Part 3)

“The chain of paper dolls we cut out as children come to life. They represent what is perfect but what is also two-dimensional.

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