Pickle Factory Weekends presents
The Free Male negotiating the female in dance
Sept 28-30, 2018 Kolkata

September 12, 2018

PICKLE FACTORY WEEKENDS is a new series that keeps alive our idea of a vibrant venue through weekends of tightly programmed engagements in unusual Calcutta spaces. Each weekend focuses on a specific concern from the dance world. Curated in close consultation with the participating artists, the weekends feature performances, workshops, discussions, screenings and more. The aim is to enter, understand, critique and support the practice of artists who are trying to shift perceptions and generate fresh discourse around movement-based performance. The weekends will also encourage critical feedback sessions to enable the artists to reflect on and further develop their own work, theories, assumptions and ideas.


Presented in partnership with Centre for Visual and Performing Arts
Dates:  28 to 30 September 2018
Venue: Janus Centre for Visual and Performing Arts

Co-curated by dancer and dance-writer Vandana Alase Hazra, with dancers Pritam Das (Bharatnatyam) and Amrit Khatua (Kathakali), the weekend will focus on perceptions around the male dancer in Indian classical dance.

It is popularly claimed that dance is beyond gender and that the ‘dancing body’ is representative of an energy, irrespective of whether male or female. However, the practicing dancer in society can hardly escape his/her identity within the frames of family, friends, sponsors, presenters and so on. With the increasing number of male dancers in the classical Indian dance styles like Kathak, Bharatanatyam and Odissi, it is felt that there is a voice that needs to be heard. This weekend will focus on male dancers in the classical dance arena - their aspirations, experiences and understanding of the body and form that they practice, as well as the systems and organisations in which they find themselves.

Friday, 28 September
6.30pm to 8.30pm: Performances by Amrit (Kathakali) and Pritam (Bharatnatyam) with a post show discussion moderated by Vandana Alase Hazra
Saturday, 29 September
10am to 1pm: Workshop on dance as movement/gesture, and dance as an emotional experience, exploring notions of masculinity and femininity as represented through the human body. Open to performers and non-performers
3pm to 5pm: Screening of film ‘Shall We Dance?’ (Japanese with English subtitles)
6.30pm to 8.30pm: Performances by Amrit (Kathakali) and Pritam (Bharatnatyam) with a post show discussion moderated by Vandana Alase Hazra
Sunday, 30 September
10am to 1pm: Feedback session with dancers and guests

Evening Performance: Rs. 200
Workshop: Rs. 300
Screening: Rs. 100
Combo (one evening performance, workshop, screening): Rs. 400

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Limited discounts available for students, including students of dance. 
These need to be reserved and collected in advance.
Discounts not available at the venue on the day of the program.
Call 8910768391 or email contact.picklefactory@gmail.com for more information