Australia - India Dance Exchange

The Pickle Factory Dance Foundation is delighted to host Niharika Senapati and Pippa Semaya as the inaugural recipients of the Australia-India Dance Exchange 2019 – a project developed in collaboration with Asialink Arts as part of their creative exchange programme. 

The two artists will jointly undertake a month-long residency in Calcutta within the framework of Widening Circles. During the residency, Niharika will work closely with the dance community in Calcutta to test ideas, and experiment with new work and models of audience engagement. In parallel, videographer and dance photographer Pippa will produce a film to document their experience. 

The artists will spend the first half of their residency gathering material for the development of their individual projects in dance and movement.  As they research and explore Calcutta, they will also conduct workshops for the dance and film communities in Calcutta.

The Australia-India Dance Exchange Programme will culminate in a five-day research lab working with a group of local artists.

Niharika Senapati


Niharika Senapati is a first-generation Indian-Australian based in Melbourne. Her practice is suspended between multiple roles as a contemporary dancer, performer, countertechnique teacher, rehearsal director and also extends to acting and sound design.

She is a specialist in Countertechnique and teaches the practice internationally. 

From 2012-2018, she performed with Chunky Move under the artistic direction of Anouk van Dijk. Most recently she performed in Trustees by Belarus Free Theatre at Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne Festival,2018), F Project by Prue Lang and precipice by Rachel Arianne Ogle (Perth, 2019).


Pippa Samaya


Pippa Samaya is a photographer/film-maker based in Berlin.

With her insatiable curiosity for the complexities of the human experience, Pippa’s professional path turned instinctively towards the world of portraiture and documentary/humanitarian work. She has worked extensively in the contemporary dance industry in Australia, New Zealand and Europe working with award winning choreographers such as Anouk Van Dijk, Stephanie Lake, Douglas Wright and Prue Lang. 

In 2016, Pippa received the award for best music video at the NIMA awards in collaboration with award winning indigenous singer and songwriter, Guwarra.

Niharika Senapati & Pippa Samaya at Widening Circles: Pickle Factory Season 2

19 – 21 November 2019

Workshop by Niharika Senapati


Offbeat, CCU, 5 to 8 pm

23 November 2019

Workshop by Pippa Samaya

Working with Movement in a Frame

SRFTI, 5 to 8 pm

For SRFTI students only

The Pickle Factory Dance Foundation thanks Satakshi Nandy and Aopola Banerjee for their assistance in the curation and coordination of the various activities taking place during the creative exchange residency.