Look Left, Turn Right // Avantika Bahl

‘Look Left, Turn Right’ is a site-specific intervention that questions the fine line between functionality and performativity in movement. Set up as a series of structured improvisations, ‘Look Left, Turn Right’ is performed at busy traffic intersections, thus pulling dance out of a formal setting into an everyday public space that is accessed by all. The performers engage with the site in real time as a first encounter, thus setting up relationships between a dynamic passing audience, and the space they temporarily inhabit.

Avantika Bahl is a dance practitioner based in Mumbai, where she makes her own work and teaches. She studied at the London Contemporary Dance School and has previously made a full-length work, Wonkot and two short solos, 11048,M81 and Here, at the Gati residency and Facets residency respectively. She also recently performed Meandering, a site-specific solo in collaboration with an architect for the opening of ‘When is Space’, an exhibition on Contemporary architecture in Jaipur. She is faculty at Future School of Performing Arts. Say, What? is her current work that she has been touring with since March 2017

Deepak had his first brush with films right from his school years, where he shot films on a Sony Handycam with Digital 8 tapes. He continued his film studies at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.  His first professional experience in the world of films was as an assistant director on the critically acclaimed Hindi feature film, Kahaani [2012]. This was followed by a mix of assignments as an AD and as a cinematographer, before he found himself directing commercials. He is passionate about films and has a keen eye for detail, which manifests itself in his work and translates well for advertising. If a project interests him and gives him the scope to do something new, he pours all his creative energies into it to make it the best film possible, not without making it his own.