Examining gender roles and cultural custodianship in their respective disciplines, two practitioner-researchers attempt to resolve their ambivalent relationships with their dance forms. Soultari Amin Farid and Nirmala Seshadri revisit their personal histories with Malay dance and bharatanatyam. How have they failed their dance disciplines? How have these forms failed them?
This double-bill features two hybrid performances that blend lecture, dance and video, developed from their collaborative research through Dance Nucleus’ Associate Membership Programme and their wo...
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24 Sep 2020, 9am to 31 Oct 2020, 11pm
24 Sep 2020, 9am to 31 Oct 2020, 6pm
Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes
- SISTIC Live stream begins at 24 Oct 8pm, viewable till 31 Oct 11.59pm
- Recommended for age 13 and above
About Nirmala Seshadri
Nirmala Seshadri is a dancer and researcher who seeks to recontextualise her classical dance form, bharatanatyam. Her social justice perspective leads her to use the body and performance space to interrogate existing inequalities, problematising boundaries of time, place, gender, and caste, among other social constructs. Her quest for autonomy and sensorial perception led her to butoh. With her present practice and research focus lying at the intersection of bharatanatyam, butoh, breathwork and yoga, she draws from these elements in creating her movement approach – Antarika. She graduated with a Masters degree in Dance Anthropology from the University of Roehampton, London.
About Soultari Amin Farid
Soultari Amin Farid is a choreographer, arts educator and researcher from Singapore. He is currently based in London where he is a PhD candidate in Theatre, Drama and Dance studies in Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He was awarded the Singapore Youth Award (SYA) in 2017. His recent choreographic credits in Europe include: bhumi (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK); What If... : The Mother in Tagore’s Poems (Commissioned by Mora Ferenc Muzeum, Hungary) and Unity in Diversity (University of Szeged, Hungary). Some of his works as Artistic Director in Singapore include: Mak-Mak Menari (M1 Singapore Fringe 2020), yesterday it rained salt (M1 Singapore Fringe 2019), Sau(dara) (The Vault, Centre 42), and Padi Kuning [Yellow Paddy] (Supported by National Arts Council's Cross-Polytechnic Arts Initiative (CPAI)).
About Daniel Kok
Daniel Kok studied BA Fine Art & Critical Theory at Goldsmiths College (London, 1997-2001), MA Solo/Dance/Authorship (SODA, HZT, Berlin, 2012) and Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies (APASS, Brussels, 2014). In 2008, he received the Young Artist Award (National Arts Council, Singapore). His performances have been presented across Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, notably in Venice Biennale, Maxim Gorki Theater (Berlin), Festival/Tokyo and Singapore International Festival of Arts. Daniel is the artistic director of Dance Nucleus (Singapore). He curates the annual da:ns lab at Esplanade and is a core group member of the Asia Network for Dance (AND+).
About Bhumi Collective
Bhumi Collective is a point of convergence for producers, artists and researchers engaging with contemporary performance making. We work with practitioners who embrace intercultural, multidisciplinary, intersectional and transnational practices to address, explore and are curious about issues to do with deconstruction, disruption and decolonisation. Our name, Bhumi, which means earth/soil in both Sanskrit and Malay, reflects our belief that human potential and diversity is fertile ground for collaborative art-making in a borderless world. Past productions include: Mak-Mak Menari, yesterday it rained salt (M1 Singapore Fringe Festival), bhumi, Last of Their Generation (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Are You Game, Sau(dara) (Five Arts Centre, Malaysia), Charlie, dead was the body till I taught it how to move, Every Brilliant Thing.
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