An installation of artistic and archival works
created with, responding to, and inspired by dancers and movement artists
23 February to 5 March 2018 (Mondays closed)
10am to 6pm
Kolkata Centre for Creativity

The ephemeral act of dance usually requires artists and audiences to be in the same space at the same time. DANCING WITHout DANCERS presents a collection of video and photographic installations from India and abroad, which offer ways of encountering the moving body and movement artists in their physical absence. They are present in the works as artefacts, as the focus of the piece, as a creator or collaborator, or even as memories and experiences. The eclectic selection brings together current and older pieces, and archival material along with special presentations by dancers. The design and layout of the exhibition, attempts to provide the experience of movement and space. It aims to shift how we engage with the audio-visual, transient art forms of dance and movement, blur the assumed compartments between art forms, and re-frame the relationships between artists, art works and audiences.

The installations include:

  • Varnam, a 3 screen video installation by Padmini Chettur
  • Endangered Species, a photo collage of a piece by choreographer Siobhan Davies made in response to a voyage to the Arctic. Photographer: Victoria Long
  • Big Dance Shorts India, a set of 4 dance films presented by Big Dance, Channel 4 and the British Council
  • Dance Matters in Kolkata, an installation of archival works by Project Performance Jadavpur University focussing on elements of dance history in Calcutta
  • Body in Motion, an installation of photographs created by Calcutta Instagrammers working with local dancers and movement artists


  • 25 February: Dancing In and Out of Contact – a workshop for grandparents and grandchildren by Janis Claxton
  • 1 March: Adda with Padmini Chettur – a talk by the artist on her aesthetic and artistic journey as a thinker-choreographer-dancer


This exhibition is presented by Emami Art in collaboration with the Pickle Factory Dance Foundation.

Padmini Chettur, Victoria Long, Project Performance Jadavpur University, British Council, Calcutta Instagrammers

Richa Agarwal, Reena Dewan, Maarten Visser, Victoria Long, Siobhan Davies, Cape Farewell, Nilanjana Gupta, Riti Sharma, Anushka Halder, Priyadarshini Ghosh Shome, Mohana Aiyar, Vandana Alase Hazra, Shivani Darbari, Shonali Ganguli, Sammyabrata Mullick, Kallol Bhattacharya, Sumona Chakravarty, Rhea Dawn, Ranu Saha, Sayantani Mukherjee, Pintu Das, Rhea Dawn, Ankita Duttagupta, Rajdeep, Rittik, Pawan Choudhary, Surojit Maity, Naveen Choudhary, Ranu Saha, Sayantani Mukherjee, Dibyendu Tarafdar, Gargi Mukherjee, Arnab Jana, Kaustav Sarkar, Anupam Guha, Shaayer Mukherjee, Ritesh Ghosh, Suprotim Nandi, Ananya Das, Subhajit Sen