Basement 21 presents
March Dance
Festival of contemporary dance
March 19-24, 2018 Chennai

March 16, 2018

Basement 21 in collaboration with Goethe Institut Chennai presents MARCH DANCE.
Dates: March 19 - 24, 2018
Venue: Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai

Every hour of performance we watch has an unseen prelude of several more. For many artists the performative moment is at times not even the most rigorous, substantial outcome of the months/years spent developing, thinking, writing, teaching, researching and rehearsing. This year’s MARCH DANCE, a festival for contemporary body-centric work, will focus on artists who often rely on practices other than dance as a way to find articulation as creators.

Navtej Singh Johar’s pedagogic work ‘Somatic Lab’ on the dialogue between Yoga and newer somatic practices truly brings us to the mechanical heart of movement – how it is spoken, how words translate into action.

Avantika Bahl Goyal’s silent duet ‘Say, What?’employing Indian sign language raises question about vocabularies and stylizations that are not dance, yet more urgent somehow.

For Meghna Bharadwaj, completing her doctorate in Performance Studies, writing dance is a powerful tool and prism through which to understand her processes. In this festival, she presents her work ‘Edges, Trilogy’.

Malavika Chakravarty, in ‘Ringarotus’brings together her drawing and body in a taut, precisely timedexploration of image.

Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy’s newest work ‘Trance/It’, a duet of pure physicality, will be presented as a work in progress.

As well, this year, as a way to throw open our doors to practitioners from outside the dance space, a weeklong workshop by Antonio Carallo from Berlin/Italy. As integral member of the Pina Bausch company for fifteen years, Antonio will address several issues that surround performativity and theatrical expression in dance in a way that is relevant to this context.

And, gluing all this together, will be talks, films on dance, interviews and hopefully many informal meetings between dance and its audience at Goethe Institut, Chennai. 

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