The Desire to be Infected

Friday, 9 October 2020 | 7pm to 8.30pm IST

Key Questions

  • Can we reframe the notion of infection as incidents of creative transmission?
  • Can the pathologies they groom, host and send out into the world inspire us to imagine different ways of being?


Agata Siniarska | Poland

Mandeep Raikhy | India

“Theatre is a wonderful thing. It is the greatest temple on earth. In that temple Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Sikh and Parsee all get together. They can sit together. Nobody comes and asks who is in the next chair. A Pandit sits with a Mulla. A Communist friend may sit with a socialist friend. A Congressite may sit with those people who are very much communal minded. All sit together. That is a beautiful way of bringing people together. They would laugh together, cry together. It is the biggest temple that could be built for the benefit of the nation.”

~ Prithviraj Kapoor, speech at the Indian Parliament, 15 July 1952

Performance spaces and performance experiences are about participation, discovery, exchange, visceral feeling, and questioning. They are hothouses where ideas and perspectives infect each other and mutate creatively and organically, making room for the transgressive and radical, and proposing new lenses through which to view the world.

This session reframes the notion of infection as incidents of creative transmission, between and within bodies, spaces, and communities. What legacies do they birth, nurture and leave? And can the pathologies they groom, host and send out into the world inspire us to imagine different ways of being?


Agata Siniarska

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Agata‘s present research is dedicated to multi-species archives in the time of extinction. Human nature is an interspecies relationship which makes extinction a co-extinction, our process of dying-with. How, then to build our common future, how to write a common story, not of the world but in the world? Our future cannot forget the past. When we tell stories of the past, what past do we tell? Every choice plays a powerful role in structuring the future. What is to be lost, retained, preserved, remembered?

Mandeep Raikhy

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Mandeep Raikhy is a dance practitioner with a particular interest in exploring the intersections between dance creation, performance, research and pedagogy. He studied BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre at Trinity Laban and subsequently worked with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, London, between 2005-09. Since 2010, Mandeep has created several dance works, notably Inhabited Geometry (2010), A Male Ant Has Straight Antennae (2013), Queen-Size (2016) and Anatomy of Belief (2019). Mandeep has been working at Gati Dance Forum since 2009 and  currently teaches as assistant professor at the MA Performance Practice (Dance) at Ambedkar University Delhi.