Urvi Vora

Urvi Vora is an artist based out of New Delhi. Her practice traverses different modes of performance and is driven by a particular interest in modern rituals and politics. Following her training in dance anthropology, she has created works which have travelled around Europe and India, notably SKUM Manifesto (2017) and This Is How You Move Them (2018). 

In her academic as well as performance work, she remains fascinated by what the body can do.

Artist Interaction

If we begin to understand our bodies as entities that do something, that produce knowledge, that affect and get affected, then in what ways can we think of intimacy as something that the body does rather than possess? 

In this interactive talk, we will experience and reflect on propositions brought forth during The Naked Lunch Series – a series of interactions where strangers come together every fortnight to talk about the body, nudity, and intimacy. 

We will also look at intimacy using S.K.U.M. Manifesto as a reference. What does it mean to use intimacy as a principle in choreography? Are there layers to intimacy that can be further discovered in this process?

The Naked Lunch Series is realised within the framework of Five Million Incidents, 2019-2020, supported by Goethe-Insitut / Max Mueller Bhavan in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective. S.K.U.M. Manifesto is a piece by Urvi Vora that will be performed on 13 and 14 November 2019.

SKUM Manifesto

The ‘Society against the Kama Sutra and Uncouth Men’ (S.K.U.M.) is a satirical, contemporary-dance-cum-stand-up-comedy-act performed by the museum object, ‘Woman In Saree’ and her copy of the Kama Sutra. Conceived in light of the #MeToo movement in India, this piece looks at the directives given in the Kama Sutra through the lens of a feminist.

Urvi Vora at Widening Circles: Pickle Factory Season 2

10 November 2019


Understanding Agency through Choreographic Principles

Swayam, all day

for Swayam members only

11 November 2019

Artist Interaction

Doing Intimacy, Being Intimate – An evening with Urvi Vora

Oxford Bookstore, 6.30pm

Open to all

13 & 14 November 2019


SKUM Manifesto

Padatik Theatre, 6.45pm
Duration: 60 minutes

Entry: 13 Nov Rs.300/- | 14 Nov Rs. 500/- (this evening is a double bill with Vaishnavi Mannava)

Purchase a Pickle Pass, and get access to 6 performances for Rs. 1,500/-: Maya Krishna Rao, Compagnie 7273, Urvi Vora, Vaishnavi Mannava, David Carberry, Anurupa Roy

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Anita Ratnam, Anubha Fatehpuria, Swapan Das, Anuradha Kapur and Maina Bhagat for their support.