To be Danced – In Rooms // Anoushka Kurien

Explored in two formats, the two parts of the title run parallel lives as live performance and video installation.

‘To Be Danced…’ is a solo that builds a relationship between a live performer, her moving image and the patterns of attention in a live performative setting.

‘In Rooms’ continues from ‘To Be Danced’ in its exploration of body in more familiar, less abstract ways. The location, rhythm and humour of the daily chore or action draw attention to the spaces you occupy and the ones you imagine you could.

Anoushka Kurien lives and works in Chennai. Her practice of choreography, performing and teaching is centered around the body in performance. Prior to a diploma (Dance-Studies) from Trinity-Laban, London, Anoushka worked with choreographer Padmini Chettur from 2003 to 2015, and has performed in projects of visiting choreographers. Her choreographic works include Restricted View (London, Bangalore, Chennai, 2011-12) and All this for nothing except for dance. (an IBSA collaboration, Johannesburg, 2011). Anoushka’s practice reflects a new generation of dancers with a rigorous and self-reflective approach to dance and dance making. She has been a guest of danceWEB residency (Vienna), Attakkalari Biennial choreographic residency (Bangalore), ArtsAlive choreographic residency (Johannesburg) and Artist Platform (Berlin). She teaches movement for young children and collaborates with the artist collective Basement21, performing and facilitating projects that engage the small but insistent contemporary art community in Chennai

Darbuka Siva is a music producer based in Chennai. Beginning drums at the age of 17, he was quickly drawn to Latin and world percussion like the darbuka, djembe and cajon. Siva has led collaborative projects working to create meetings of different art forms with contemporary Indian classical music including a collection of ancient sanskrit texts, a project called La Pongal which plays with Tamil folk and contemporary music, and experimental works with Baul musicians. He was selected as a cultural ambassador from India to be a part of international collaborative projects like OneBeat USA and the Dosti Music Project. Siva also makes scores for feature films in India.

Sharan Devkar Shankar is an independent photographer and filmmaker. His work looks at daily life, space and identity and movement. Motivated by travel, meeting people and different ways of life, he shares these journeys through photographs and film. He explores other mediums through collaborations with different practitioners and artistic processes.

Raymond Selvaraj designs light, stage and projection for a range of live performances, events and venues. He is also the technical director of Picture Productions, a company that provides audio-visual equipment and production technology.

Photography Credits: Kunal Daswani