DOUBLE BILL: Rush Hour and NH7
Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy [Bengaluru / Delhi, IND]
NH7 | 20 min
NH7 is a piece of work that is deeply driven by the phenomenon of immigration of the rural population to urban spaces in search of a ‘better life’ and ‘reality’. The piece depicts the intricate, confused, rapid urbanisation of India. It vividly captures the mad need to build, demolish, and re-imagine the city. It explores how people, workers, and individuals are caught in this mayhem and maze of bricks, bridges, construction sites and dust. It aims at creating moving images with bodies which reflect the current imagination of the city and the changing landscape of India.
Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy has been engaged in artistic work as a performer, creator and teacher since 2000. He has trained and worked with dance companies in India and Europe. He holds a post-graduate diploma in choreography from S.E.A.D in Salzburg, Austria. Presently, Shivaswamy is based in New Delhi. In Bengaluru, he co-founded The Kha Foundation, an art collective.
Cast + Credits
Performers: Amaresha Kempanna, Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy
Music: Abhijeet Tambe, Manu Shrivastava
Manju Sharma [Delhi, IND]
Rush Hour | 15 min
In Rush Hour, Manju Sharma looks at urban transport as a metaphor for a chaotic and cramped society, where bodies are constantly in the race to ensure a space for themselves. Amidst this anxiety, there is also a humour in monotony. She captures these monotones, palpitations and longings with the idea of bodies in constant motion. In doing so, she employs infinitesimal shifts in weight, rhythm and verticality, playing on the dancers’ sense of endurance as they work to keep moving while moving minimally.
Manju Sharma is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who started with Bollywood dance in her college days. Her training is in contemporary dance, jazz, classical ballet and hip-hop. She is also a certified yoga teacher and has studied at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Sansthana. Her desire to perform for a larger audience took her to TV shows like Sweat and Dance India Dance Season 3. She is the founder of the Aura School of Dance. She was a company dancer with The Danceworx Performing Arts Academy for 6 years. She continues to work with amateurs and professionals in dance and theatre while exploring new movement sources through a disciplined practice of contemporary dance.
Cast + Credits
Performers: Rajan Rathore, Kunal Sood & Manju Sharma
Music: Rajan Rathore & Priya Sen