- who is a dancer / movement artist?
- what can a moving, performing body be?
- who can work with it?
- who is and could be interested in watching it?
- how and where can we encounter it?
- how can we engage with what the artists propose?
Our inaugural season responded to four key words that lied at the core of the Pickle Factory – dance, movement, practice, discourse. We attempted to reflect on the wide variety that these four words actually captured, opening up how one could look at performance work originating from movement artists and the trained, moving, performing body. The programme located itself in diverse lenses through which to view and perceive work, offering a pluralism of experience and expression.
Pickle Factory Season 1 comprised three elements:
- A two-week residency for professional dancers culminating in a series of public interventions, led by award winning choreographer from Edinburgh, Janis Claxton.
- A fortnight-long exhibition of installations and art works on the moving body in performance, along with several allied events. Contributors include Padmini Chettur, Victoria Long, Calcutta Instagrammers, the British Council, and Jadavpur University.
- An eight-day festival of performances, conversations, workshops and more, featuring the work of four internationally acclaimed Indian artists:
Padmini Chettur, Daminee Benny Basu, Preethi Athreya, Kapila Venu.
Each artist was curated separately to offer a range of engagements spanning several days and across several venues. This manner of programming allowed us to experience many different facets of each artist, and enabled us to see and savour their work with more context rather than in artistic isolation.
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Pickle Factory Season 1 was curated by Vikram Iyengar
and presented by the Pickle Factory Dance Foundation in collaboration with Ranan
The Season 1 Team
Overall Management: Vikram Iyengar and Ruchira Das
Administration: Debaroti Chakroborty
Sponsorship and Marketing: Shreya Kanoi
Production: Dana Roy
Venue Decor: Anubha Fatehpuria and Richa Bose
Publicity Design: Sukanya Ghosh
Website Design: Madhushree Basu and Soumadeep Sen
Public Relations and Publicity: Paramita Saha
Communication and Outreach Partner: ArtsForward Ideas and Events
Documentation Partner: Project Performance, Jadavpur University
Our Season Partners
Goethe-Institut / Max-Mueller Bhavan Kolkata
Gem Cinema / Lata Bajoria
Jadavpur University, Departments of English and Comparative Literature
Janis Claxton Dance
Sapphire Creations Dance Company
Save the Children
3 Dover Road
Kolkata Centre for Creativity
Ananda Shankar Centre for Performing Arts
DNA Danceworks Bodyworks
Ahana Majumder, Ananya Das, Anita Kanoi, Anjum Katyal, Ankita Duttagupta, Anmol Gupta, Anupam Guha, Anushka Halder, Arnab Jana, Ashok Dasgupta, Cape Farewell, Chandrika Grover, Darshan Shah, Debanjan Chakrabarti, Debashree Bhattacharya, Dibyendu Tarafdar, Dinesh Trivedi, Divya Jalan, Friso Maecker, Gargi Mukherjee, Indudipa Sinha, Isabel MouraMendes, Jayanta Sengupta, Jayati Chakraborty, Kallol Bhattacharya, Kaustav Sarkar, Kaustav Ghosh, Lata Bajoria, Maina Bhagat, Malavika Banerjee, Rajesh Poddar, Manas Acharya, Mandeep Raikhy, Mitul Sengupta, Mohana Aiyar, Mukul Agarwal, Nandita Palchoudhuri, Naveen Choudhary, Nilanjana Gupta, Nishit Arora, Pawan Choudhary, Pintu Das, Pooja Sood, Pradeep Menon, Pratiti Basu Sarkar, Priti Patel, Priyadarshini Ghosh Shome, Rajdeep Banerjee, Rakhee Sarkar, Ranu Saha, Reena Dewan, Rhea Dawn, Richa Agarwal, Ritesh Ghosh, Riti Sharma, Rittik Bhattacharya, Rohan Ghosh, Ronnie Shambik Ghosh, S. V. Raman, Samantak Das, Samir Routh, Sammyabrata Mallick, Sandip Kar, Sanjukta Wagh, Sayantani Mukherjee, Shaayer Mukherjee, Sharmila Biswas, Sharmistha Sarker, Shayan Bhattacharya, Shiv Karnani, Shivani Darbari, Shonali Ganguli, Siobhan Davies, Sohini Debnath, Subhajit Sen, Sumona Chakravarty, Suprotim Nandi, Surojit Maity, Tanusree Shankar, Tinnat Ahmed Lai, Vandana Alase Hazra, Victoria Jane Long, Viji Iyengar, Virkein Dhar