Community Catalysts

Saturday, 10 October 2020 | 7pm to 8.30pm IST

Key Questions

  • How have performance spaces and activity become nodes for cultural, economic, and sociopolitical conversation and action?


Ahmed Soura | Burkina Faso

Pamela Lopez | Chile 

Shilpika Bordoloi | India 

Sudhanva Deshpande | India

Performance spaces can create and catalyse communities around them. Conversely, these very spaces can become centres of community action and development. One inspires the other in a richly reciprocal relationship that can take unpredictable and surprising turns. In the process, neighbourhoods and communities, cultural expressions and communication, social bonds and structures evolve and strengthen. We look at some examples from India and abroad where performance spaces and activity have become nodes for cultural, economic, and sociopolitical conversation and action.


Ahmed Soura


Ahmed Soura, born in Burkina Faso, lives and works Berlin, Germany. He graduated at the Institut National de Formation Artistique et Culturelle (INAFAC) led by Daniel Bansé and Ousseni Manli (National Ballet of Burkina Faso), Toé Emmanuel and Congo Alassanne.
He participated in an intensive workshop at ADMS in France, which were led by Anne Marie Pascoli and some dancers of the Ballet de Paris and the Ballet de Marseille. Further he is trained in modern contemporary jazz by Sylvie Pagenaud and in contemporary and Afro-Contemporary dance by Salia Sanou, Seydou Boro, Ousseni Sako, Angelin Preljocaj, Carolyn Carlson, Eddy Malem, Opyo Okach, Rokia Kone, Gregory Maqoma, Ariry Andriamoratsiresy. Meanwhile he took part at four editions of the dance festival “Dialogue de Corps” in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Pamela Lopez

Pamela Lopez_Square

Pamela Lopez is a Master in Cultural Management from Columbia University and Fulbright Fellow for postgraduate studies. Researcher in performing arts and teacher at various universities in Chile. Currently Director of Programming and Audiences at the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center in Santiago de Chile.

Shilpika Bordoloi

Shilppika Bordoloi

Shilpika Bordoloi works in an intuitive multi-dimensional way with Movement Art as a practitioner, choreographer, director, teacher and a performer. She works as a visiting faculty at the National School of Drama (NSD) and at other centers of actors and dancers. Shilpika has been awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for Contemporary/Experimental Dance in India. She is the founder member of Brahmaputra Cultural Foundation (BCF) in Assam. The Foundation aims at striking a balance between the flows of traditional and modern knowledge and addresses the social, cultural and developmental conflicts of the region. The theatrical productions directed by her, Majuli and A Human Endeavour are performing at various festivals.

Sudhanva Deshpande

Sudhanva Deshpande

Sudhanva Deshpande is an actor and director with Jana Natya Manch and publisher with LeftWord Books, New Delhi. He is the author of Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi. He cycles around town.