a collaboration with Devi Art Foundation
#INTERSECT emerges with the objective of bringing cutting-edge contemporary visual artists and dance artists together to produce new work in collaboration. This meeting at the crossroads of creative expression and artistic practice reflects on the central thematic of IGNITE!,emphasising on the politics of the body – its form, identity and dissent.
What ideas of composition, presence and articulation become the common points of conversation between these disciplines? How is rigour manifested in cross-disciplinary works, where the body negotiates a very different set of relationships with the spaces it inhabits? How does the coming together of these disciplines extend how we conceive of performance vocabularies and structures? The three pieces that we premiere as part of #INTERSECT venture into tropes of urban decay, co-existence and geometry, addressing these questions and considering space, the body and performance from varied perspectives of thinking and making.
#INTERSECT is curatorially led by Devi Art Foundation and Gati Dance Forum with inputs from Zuleikha Chaudhari.
The #INTERSECT performances run in a loop from 6pm to 9pm. Recommended arrival times are 6pm, 7pm and 8 pm.
Devi Art Foundation has been established to facilitate the viewership of creative expression and artistic practice that exists in India. This not-for-profit space provides for innovation unconstrained by commercial limitations; to afford artists from the region engaged in cutting-edge, experimental work, an art centre. Along with providing a platform for contemporary artists, we also interact closely with, and encourage young curators and critics, helping to give voice to their concerns. By undermining geo-political divides, the current objective of the Foundation is to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue within the Indian subcontinent between various creative practitioners, enhancing the understanding of our shared history.
Rajyashree Ramamurthi [Pune, IND] & Susanta Mandal [Delhi, IND]
16” = 1mile | 35 min
This performance is an interplay between notions of the body as a measure of space and form and the body as architecture. Based on mathematical formulae derived from mechanical engineering designs, approximate structures are created and recreated. These forms allow the body to intervene within a landscape of shifting architecture.
Rajyashree Ramamurthi is an independent performing arts practitioner whose work encompasses live performance and screen dance. Her live work has toured internationally in prestigious venues such as the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells and Tramway in the UK; the Tripostal in France and Shri Ram Centre, India. Her screen dance work has been shown at festivals around the world and has garnered awards such as The Place Dance on Screen award. She often works collaboratively with other artists, establishing long-term associations with visual artists and musicians in works such as Avatar, a performance exploring the relationship between dance, drawing and sound, and in Vestige, a site-specific work in a Victorian brick storm drain with live drawing and music. Rajyashree locates her practice in the liminal spaces where performance and visual practice merge.
Born in Kolkata, Susanta Mandal studied painting in Varanasi and Kolkata and lives and works in New Delhi. He works with mixed media, bringing the viewer’s attention to trivial materials and events in a way that makes the audience rethink them, their relation to daily life and their value. His installations often use mechanical moving elements that are seemingly playful and yet disorienting, often revolving around issues of social and political relevance such as control or discrimination. Susanta has been artist-in-residence at Khoj in Delhi, Britto in Bangladesh and Theertha in Colombo. His work has been shown in several exhibitions, both in India and abroad; he is part of the LAYOUT Artists’ Collective which was formed in 2011 in Delhi, India.
Cast + Credits
Sound: Colin Waurzyniak and Anirban Dutta
Photography and Video: Desmond Roberts
Light: Ankit Pandey
Surjit Nongmeikapam [Imphal, IND] & Kartik Sood [Delhi, IND]
The Big Dream | 35 min
The Big Dream is where two dreamers meet. They explore their dreams from childhood and their day-to-day dreams. Dreams have vast implications.
In this work, dreams are manifested through the medium of performance, in a collaboration between a visual artist and choreographer, accompanied by two performers. The piece is inspired by the artists’ most intimate dreams and David Lynch’s music album, ‘The Big Dream’.
Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bonbon) was born in Manipur, which lies in North-East India. Bonbon completed a B.A. in Choreography and has worked with the Natya Stem Dance Kampni and Natya Maya, Bangalore, as a contemporary dancer and traditional dancer. Bonbon is trained in kathak, kalaripayattu, Manipuri, contemporary dance, and thang-ta, a martial arts form. He continues to learn many other movement styles from different gurus and mentors. He completed a short course in Dance Movement Therapy at Kolkata Sanved in 2010. He worked as a dance therapist at H2H (Human to Humane Transcultural Centre for Torture and Trauma), Imphal between 2009 and 2013. He has taught workshops and created an awareness of therapy among trauma victims in Manipur. Now he is exploring an interdisciplinary and experimental approach with physical and emotional investment in his pieces. He is also interested in working with visual artists and filmmakers as collaborators. Some of the dance films he has worked on are ‘Black Pot and Movement’ and ‘UNDERLINE’.
Kartik Sood lives and works between New Delhi and Shimla. He pursued his Bachelors in Painting from the College of Art, New Delhi in 2008 and completed his post-graduation in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda in 2010. Kartik’s solo debut ‘In Search of a Dream and Other Stories’ was at Latitude 28 in 2016. The artist’s group shows include ‘Works in Progress’, IAAB Studios, The Dock, Basel, Switzerland (2014); ‘Sacred/Scared’, curated by Nancy Adajania, Latitude 28, India (2014); ‘Citizens of Time’ curated by Veeranganakumari Solanki 2014, at Dhaka Art Summit, ‘Matter of Importance’, Sakshi Gallery in collaboration with Latitude 28, Mumbai (2013); ‘In You is the Illusion of Each Day’, curated by Maya Kovskaya, Latitude 28 (2011); ‘Urban Testimonies’, Latitude 28 (2010) ‘Turn the Tables’, Gallery Art Alive (2010); ‘New Focus’, organised by Sakshi Gallery at FTII, Pune (2010); and ‘Scratch’, Sakshi Gallery, (2010). He made the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work as a young contemporary artist in 2015, the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation/Charles Wallace India Trust Award, 2014 and FICA Emerging Artist Award, 2013. He has completed artist residencies in Pune, Switzerland, London, Bangalore and Delhi.
Cast + Credits
Performers: Yengkokpam Purnima Devi, Laiphangbam Suraj Roy, Surjit Nongmeikapam
Sound design: Jaskaran Sandhu
Rajan Rathore [Delhi, IND] & Anpu Varkey [Delhi, IND]
Deluge | 15 min
We envision an apocalyptic scenario, analogous through signs of decay that are prevalent within the city we live in. Positioning ourselves as urban explorers, we interrogate the daily dissent, highlighted strongly by the concrete mess of living within the nexus of a suffocating city, the uncouth damaged air, harsher climatic changes etc.
The deluge is the reckoning, a complete annihilation, an unwavering end, a total wipe-out. Through an array of staged events, situated in these urban environments, against the backdrop of urban decay, we encounter these places as dancers, visualisers and visionaries.
Rajan Rathore is a dance practitioner who explores the connection between b-boying and contemporary dance forms. Dancing since 2007, he has trained in breaking, contemporary, jazz and social dance with several choreographers. He has choreographed dance and theatre shows for prestigious schools, colleges and corporate houses. For three years now, he has taught at the National School of Drama as a guest teacher. He danced in Mandeep Raikhy’s ‘A Male Ant Has Straight Antennae’. In 2014, Rajan choreographed his first work, ‘Parallel’.
A voyeur, a drifter who is addicted to heights, time travel and insipid barren landscapes, Anpu Varkey is a painter of surfaces, from canvases and paper to walls and pavements. She has been painting in the large-scale format for over a decade. Having lived in Bremen for a couple of years, she was highly influenced by the urban street art and DIY culture that was prevalent in the studio space she co-inhabited. She moved to Delhi in 2011 and has co-organised and participated in street art projects within the city and around India ever since. Her first comic ‘Jaba’ was self-published in 2014.
Cast + Credits
Video/ Editing: Yashas Chandra
Soundscore: Vinny Bhagat