Activism and Sexuality in Performance | 90 min
Navtej Singh Johar, Mandeep Raikhy
Moderated by Gautam Bhan
Navtej Singh Johar is a leading dancer/choreographer, yoga exponent and urban activist. He trained in Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra and learnt yoga at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India. While pursuing a degree in Cultural Anthropology at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University, he exposed himself to various modern dance vocabularies and performed with many renowned dance companies across the globe. His own practice traverses freely between the traditional and the contemporary, twines critical theory with practice, and focuses on the materiality of body in dance and performance. Currently, Johar is a teaching faculty at the Department of Performing Arts, Ashoka University, Sonipat, India; and a fellow at the ‘Interweaving Performance Cultures’ International Research Centre, Freie University, Berlin. In the year 2000, he founded Studio Abhyas, a non-profit organization dedicated to dance, yoga, urban activism and the care of stray animals at New Delhi.
Mandeep Raikhy is a dancer and choreographer based out of New Delhi. He pursued his BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre at Laban, London, and worked with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company for several years. He has created 3 full-length works, Inhabited Geometry (2010), a male ant has straight antennae (2013) and Queen-size (2016) and divides his time between creating and touring his artistic work and his work at Gati Dance Forum as its Managing Director.
Gautam Bhan is Lead, Academics and Research, at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. At IIHS, Gautam teaches urban poverty, development and contemporary Indian politics. He has been an active member of social movements on a range of issues. He is Sexualities Series editor at Yoda Press, and co-editor of Because I Have a Voice: Queer Politics in India (Yoda Press: 2005). His writing has featured in many Indian newspapers, Caravan, India Today, Tehelka. He writes on Kafila. He is also a member of Nigah, a queer collective based in Delhi.