Sujata Goel [USA]
Dancing Girl | 40 min
In Dancing Girl, Sujata Goel presents a fictional character of herself. A mythical, doll-like figure continuously morphs through different psychological and physical states. Formally, the work explores the construction of gesture and meaning, employing a highly representational and stylised form that is simultaneously abstract. Politically, the work attempts to challenge the politics of exotica and a Eurocentric understanding of contemporary dance aesthetics.
Born in America as a first generation Indian American, Sujata Goel studied Bharatanatyam under gurus V.P. and Shantha Dhananjayan and at the renowned conservatory Kalakshetra in Madras. From 1999-2004 she worked and trained with contemporary choreographer Padmini Chettur. In 2004, she was accepted at PARTS as its first Indian student and was supported after graduating by WP Zimmer, a leading production house in Belgium. There, she produced a solo, ‘Lady’, and 2 duets, ‘Disco Dancer'; ‘Nightlife’. In 2007 she moved back to India and taught dance in Bangalore, Madras and Bombay, before receiving a grant from the India Foundation for the Arts to produce a new solo. She completed ‘Dancing Girl’ over a two-year residency at Adishakti in Pondicherry, India. The work was shown in festivals such as ‘Our Roots Right Now’ (Bangkok, Chulalongkorn University), Exodus (Ljubljana), Tanz Im August (Berlin), Palais de Beaux Arts (Brussels), Hong Kong International Performing Arts Festival, Queer NY (NYC), Festival Tokyo and others. Her next solo work, ‘Self-Love’, which examines the new age, self and capitalism will premier in 2017.
Concept, Performance and Choreography: Sujata Goel
Sound: ‘Over the Edges’ by Andrew Chalk
Costume: Tabasheer Zutshi
Light: Yap Seok Hui
Production: Tang Fu Kuen
Tour Technical Manager: Steve Kwek/ ARTFACTORY
Residency and Financial Support: Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Arts Research, IFA