CREATIONS

 

SMITTEN & STARSTRUCK ~ FESTIVAL LINEUP

Available online from Aug. 8 - 16, 2021

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गोल (GOL) GOAL?
(SHARING OF PROCESS)

Created by: Sangram Mukhopadhyay and Hemangi Shroff

Artists are always off time. And certainly not of their time. Their audiences, even far behind - but when biographies like ours become historical, can we then create with ‘real’ material through a fictional collaboration on a virtual space? Is the work made a testimony to both of us being equally disadvantaged and motivated?

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF STILLNESS
(WORK IN PROGRESS)

Created by: Celia Saroya & Manasvini S.

An amalgamation of the artist’s creative effort to articulate - both visually and using language - how the pandemic has upended our perception and understanding of the systems that govern our society. If we spent more time on creative pursuits, would we be better critical thinkers? Would this impact meaningful social change?

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THE LETTER

(WORK IN PROGRESS)

Concept and Choreography: Lakshmy Ramakrishnan

Videography: Tishya Khare

Voice-over: Vishnu Rajan, Lakshmy Ramakrishnan

Background score: Epic Trailer 3676 by John Sib

This piece is an attempt to visualize a letter that might have been written during the time of the Indian Independence Movement. The set-up is of a prison. A mysterious woman (invisible to others) enters the space and is trying to make sense of it; when a man suddenly enters the room and sits down to write a letter to his family. She starts to read it from her perspective and emotes it using Bharatanatyam inspired gestures. Soon after, the words of the man take over her -  she becomes him, his thoughts, his ideas.

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BETWEEN US
(SHARING OF PROCESS)

Outdoors footage (licensed)

Interior footage by: Sania Khan

Edited by: Sania Khan

Written and Spoken by: Sania Khan and Sahil Sen

Music by: Tajdar Junaid

Between Us is a reflexive piece on our individual journeys with our artistry, gender fluidity and identities through times of uncertainty. While we each arrive to our stories from different places and experiences that have shaped us, our stories are interwoven in the most intricate of ways. This project is a space to share this intimate affirmation of ourselves with you, and
possibly find some of yourselves in us.

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UNBECOMING
(WORK IN PROGRESS)

Dance & Choreography by: Sayli Kulkarni

Animation by: Tee Kundu

Camera by: Avanti Hejib & Pushkaraj Apte

Music by: Mayajaal Indrajaal

Editing by: Pushkaraj Apte

Venue: Abha & Harshad's Terrace

Sayli moves through her emotions as she struggles with what it means to live in tradition, whose tradition, to which traditional ends. As creatives, Sayli and Tee communicated in this collaboration with Sayli moving, and Tee drawing. As Tee finishes their part of this project, please give your attention and love to Sayli. To feel our feelings and making space for our feelings is a form of freedom, to love ourselves and all of who we are. Take your time. Be who you are meant to be.

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ARAAJAKTA 
(EXCERPT, EXPERIMENTAL PIECE, WORK IN PROGRESS)

Created and Performed by: Melitta Dsouza

Music: Roomful of Teeth - Partita for 8 Voices: No. 3, Courante

This piece is about the chaos that is all around us and within us and the constant struggle to break free from it. Chaos within caused by all the demons that isolation has set loose in our minds, chaos around because of all the unjust things happening in the world due to colour and caste differences, struggle to make ends meet, struggle to breathe in peace. But we will fight and we will pull through, this is the hope and prayer.

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EVERY BODY CAN DANCE
(WORK IN PROGRESS)

Performed by: Maithri Rao

Digital Illustrations by: Karen Robert

Music by: Viraha - The Symphony of Separation

Flute Recital by: Kudamaloor Janardanan

Edited by: Maithri Rao

We created our inter-disciplinary dance piece about the struggle of someone that wants to dance, but feels the disappointment and restriction to have the “ideal” body type. Shame, disgust, embarrassment, and defeat hold her back. The notion of measuring up, being “just right” crushes the dancer's spirit. She must break through these barriers that stop her from experiencing the joy of dance and life itself. Our project is an experiment in blending performance and visual art into a unified piece. Experimentation, learning, building of one another’s ideas and working around our limitations of available time, time zones, individual commitments, budget, technology and skill sets were all part of the process in creating this collaborative work in progress

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A CEREMONY OF SHARING
(SHARING OF PROCESS)

Performed by: Joshua Sailo and Zahra Badua

Illustrated by: Joshua Sailo

Edited by: Zahra Badua

By following the threads that connect us in weaving a common narrative, we unveil our authentic selves through our cultures, histories and lineages. The piece is a discovery of our shared experiences of existing in the nexus of cultural identities. Sharing breath, sharing movement, sharing gestures, sharing time.

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LET GO
(WORK IN PRGRESS, EXPERIMENT)

Created by: Purawai Vyas and Vibhanshu Doshi

The piece takes us through themes of loss of identity, heartache, pain, self-destruction, and ultimately the transitioning one goes through by letting go and be a newer yet older version of themselves. The poem is in part conceptualized through the lens of a Nayika/nayaka relationship where, the nayika is the one who has aspirations, and the nayaka is the ideal that one constantly aspires for, only to realize both the nayika/nayaka are genderless and ultimately exist within oneself.

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BHASA - THE LANGUAGE
(EXERPT)

Concept and Choreography by: Pintu Das

Performance by: Pintu Das

Mentor: Paramita Saha

Music by: Dustin O'Halloran, Remnant and Alvin Lucier

Space Provided by: Kolkata Centre of Creativity.

What happens when one language is needed to explain and justify another. What validation does the body and the way it moves need from those for whom dance is not enough? Bhasa (Sanskrit for Language) is a personal exploration of the ignominy of those who failed because they could not explain their gift, talent and art in English, a foreign language in India, where there are 22 local languages.

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VENGE RENAÎTRE
(EXERPT)

Director and Choreographer: Shruti Suresh Starring: Nidhi Chauhan, Niranjan Harish Videographer: Sammy Adams

Editor: Pushyank Nahar

Location: Shoonya

Concept Development: Latha Srinivasa  Set and Prop design: Karthik Kudekallu 

Set, support, and backend work: Swati Iyengar

Where do we go when we die? Does our trauma get buried with us in our graves? All the misfortune, the abuse, the pain... who keeps an account of this? In this tale of twists, we witness a protagonist who maintains an account, a karmic account. She seeks revenge on her tormentor by luring him into a mental phantasm and slowly hauling him into his own descent.

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I'M SORRY
(EXERPT)

Created & Performed by: Soti RPD

Written by: Kaite O’Reilly

I am Sorry is about identity and dis-identified. In his work SotiRPD is interested in how identity is constructed and perceived in a more globalized and fluid world with an increased mobility and an ever-faster access to information and imagery. We are looking for something in ourselves that remains, something worth to exist. What do we want to pass on and how do we do that? In “I’m Sorry” we show something of our own; our small stories, our weaknesses and desires.

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SUPERNOVA
(WORK IN PROGRESS, EXPERIMENT)

Dancer: Esha Nanal

Writer: Nidhil Vohra

Music By: Debasmita Bhattacharya and Gurdain Rayatt

FIlmed by: Nitish Ghare 

Edited by: Esha Nanal and Nidhil Vohra

Ideas form the fabric of society. The biggest inventions to the tiniest actions, all occur because someone had the idea to set a plan into motion. This piece aims to discuss and amplify the wonders that encompass a thought or an idea. It also talks about the burnout a person faces when thinking too much about an idea or when people think of their ideas as “not creative enough” or “not worthy” to be turned into a reality. We compare ideas to stars and encourage the listener to treat a dying idea like a dying star and go supernova with it i.e. to give your ideas everything you have got to see them turn into an actuality.

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STRENGTH - A JOURNEY
(EXERPT)

Performed by: Nivetha Shree

Filmed and Edited by: Rajath Chandrasekar

This piece depicts the journey of a woman who comes out of her to find strength from within. She transforms the inner fire to rise and shine.