`Counter’ (2012) by Akila – contemporary dancer based in Chennai – keeps a geometric tension alive throughout the performance between the bodies of the co-dancers Akila and Aditi. Akila in this 15 minutes long piece plays with her movements with a weighty, mechanical grace, lines and angles. The piece develops through a continuous role-reversal of the two bodies.

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

MusicMaarten Visser

Light – M. Natesh

Performers – Akila, Aditi Bheda

This video shows excerpts of the piece performed at Alliance Francaise of Madras – presented by Basement 21.

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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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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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