CURATED BY Mayuri Upadhaya
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Conceived at a farmhouse in the small town of Kamshet, The Kamshet Project experiments with transitioning realities. Nine highly skilled dancers were put under house arrest and cut off from all social and familial ties! It was an experiment to go beyond the physical text of dance and explore the reality of who each of us really is! New identities chosen, names taken on—to reach our higher selves. Relationships now start... playful. But when the mildly flirtatious turns sexual and the game turns sour, the beast within takes over. At the Watering Hole the transformation is complete, as the man-beast attempts to quench his thirst. Chaos rules, as they dance in unlikely pairings, till the human spirit returns as they recount the painful and pleasurable memories locked in the inner child. Now emptied, they find a cathartic release as the Colors of Life neutralise their pain and pleasure, guilt and shame, to stand baptised once again, embracing the Beauty of the Beast within.
The Kamshet Project premiered as a ‘work in progress’ at the Jugnee Indo-Contemporary Festival 2016. It has been staged in 2017 in Mumbai and Vienna to standing ovations. It was a part of the NCPA’s prestigious Contemporary Dance season and received critical acclaim at the Impulstanz Dance Festival, Vienna.