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Preethi Athreya (Chennai, India)
performance, workshop, conversation
6 to 10 March 2018

Tuesday, 6 March
Conversation with Manas Acharya
Gem Cinema
Wednesday, 7 March
Workshop with Preethi Athreya (in collaboration with Think Arts) *
10am to 11.30am
Thursday, 8 March
The Lost Wax Project 
(hosted in partnership with Kalam Club)
Gem Cinema
Friday, 9 March
The Lost Wax Project
Gem Cinema
Saturday, 10 March
Workshop with Preethi Athreya *
DNA Danceworks Bodyworks
10am to 11.30am

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* by prior registration / invitation only
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The Lost Wax Project
There is no defined space and time before movement. The body does not move into space and time – it creates space and time. Every time the body moves, it is reaching out towards something, constantly creating different worlds.   Constantly reaching for a relation that will re-invent itself. Four bodies trace a trajectory of thought within a circular space, moving to feel the negative space around each other as much as the space within the intention to move. To think of the body as that which is constantly sensing and changing, is to shift the question from what our bodies are to what they can do. Without a commitment to how we move, our bodies are no more than types – normalised within pre-decided categories – like citizen, anarchist, refugee, wife, homeless, believer, atheist, man, lesbian, etc. The moving body may be the only recourse where we attempt to touch what is not yet.
This ‘potentiality’ is what exposes variations and fluidity in systems that appear to be organised and unchanging. Potentiality appears every time language exceeds its syntax, every time another exceeds my reach, every time I sense more than I comprehend. This potentiality is necessary for the times we live in.

Concept and Choreography: Preethi Athreya
Performance: Avantika Bahl, Dipna Daryanani, Kamakshi Saxena, Preethi Athreya, Sanchita Sharma
Research Assistance: Devika Rani S, Maithily Bhupatkar
Voice: Bhairavi Narayanan
Sound scape: Darbuka Siva
Lighting Design: Jeong Hee Kang
Design interpretation: Dr. T. Balasaravanan
Technical Direction: Pravin Kannanur
Co-production support: The Goethe Institute, Mumbai / The InKo Centre, Chennai / The Alliance Francaise of Madras.
Thanks to: Meera Krishnamurthy and ‘Shreyas’, The Mumbai Assembly, the Goethe Institute, Chennai.
Duration: 70 minutes

About Preethi Athreya
Preethi Athreya, a Chennai-based contemporary dancer, is trained in Bharatanatyam and later went on to do a postgraduate degree in Dance Studies (Laban Centre, London, 2001). Between 1999 and 2011, she worked with Padmini Chettur from where she inherited the evolving legacy of Chandralekha and a strong commitment to constantly redefine the Indian body.
As a performer, choreographer and facilitator, Preethi belongs to a league of dance-makers in India today who use dance as an agent of change. Her initial training in Bharatanatyam and her subsequent training to unlearn the strictures that this classical form placed on the body can be traced across many of her works. Her art is process-driven in a manner that makes it evident within the structure of the works she creates. This also leads to a demystification of the choreographic work – something that Preethi consciously aims for. She regards her own oeuvre as “an attempt to reclaim the body from numerous kinds of anaesthetization that it is constantly subjected to.”


Preethi Athreya’s participation in Pickle Factory Season 1 is supported by Kalam Club, Think Arts, and DNA Danceworks Bodyworks.