Spaces for Performance | #TakeTheCityKolkata : Pickle Factory Season 3
4 Feb – 18th Feb 2023
Bringing #TakeTheCityKolkata: Pickle Factory Season 3 to a close is Spaces for Performance in February 2023. Spaces for Performance asks how artists and their practices claim and create spaces to encounter, enjoy and engage with performances in a range of different ways in a range of different city sites. How does performance adapt to spaces, how do spaces adapt to performance? And how can we being together communities and sustainable practices to propel this dialogue between physical spaces and physical movement towards a permanent home for dance in Kolkata.
5 Feb ‘23 | was still here once
The performance attempts to travel through the landscape of emotions mapped out in Ocean Vuong’s novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. The artist uses her own embodied experience as an intersectional identity as a starting point of the investigation.
-Karunamoyee Metro Station
-Special Bookfair buses by the WB Government
-Sealdah to Sector 5 route
10 Feb ‘23 | Pratyavijñā
11 Feb ’23 | Terms and Conditions Apply (Kolkata iteration)
18 Feb ’23 | Man Rec
Amala Dianor’s visit to Kolkata and Borotolpara is supported by Ambassade de France en Inde, Institut Français India and France and Alliance Française du Bengale, in association with Kult X and Trimukhi Platform. Amala Dianor’s dance company is supported by French Ministry of Culture (DRAC Pays de la Loire), Pays de la Loire District, Municipal Corporation of Angers and BNP Paribas Foundation.
Also, Pickle Factory is pleased to curate performances by Continew Collective and Natyanova at Champatala Ghat on 4 February 2023 as part of the River Festival.
As a movement practitioner, Aseng Borang is attracted towards the vastness of the meanings/interpretations that our physical body/bodies produce in a space. She attempts to challenge those meanings but sometimes adheres to the same. More recently, she has been investigating the body in the realm of resistance, time, archives, proximity and anarchy. Aseng has a Master’s degree in Performance Practice (Dance) from Ambedkar University Delhi. She is from Roing, Arunachal Pradesh where she recently started STUDIO YINGKO and, shuttles between her hometown and New Delhi. Rock climbing, Pole dancing, Aerial hoop, Yoga, Writing and Shaolin Kungfu are some of the others things she likes to dabble on.
Piyal Bhattacharya has been engrossed in the research and practical reconstruction of the complete performance system and perspective of Natyashastra for the past 20 years of his life. He completed 6 years diploma course Kathakali Vesham (Kathakali acting) from Kerala Kalamandalam under the supervision of Kalamandalam Balasubramanyan, 2004. He got awarded MA Vellodi Silver Medal from Kerala Kalamandalam, 1989-99 and also got Kavalappara Narayanan Nair award from Kerala Kalamandalam, 2002-03. It is his sole endeavour to uphold this ancient tradition of performance, as a whole, as have been envisioned by him under the name of “MARGA NATYA”. Through this work he sincerely wishes to create a dialogue with the contemporary societal concerns, and create a bridge in between. His research has been constant research to discover the theatrical language of Indian tradition. This research is a sincere effort to bring about the practice of Nritta, Geet and Abhinaya based on Bharata’s system of performance as stated in Natyashastra.” MARGA NATYA” is a researched and reconstructed way of presenting the ‘Natya’ or theatrical system of performance, mentioned in Natyashastra.
After starting out as a hip hop dancer, Amala Dianor entered the prestigious CNDC school in Angers. From 2002 and for 10 years, he performed as a dancer with a number of choreographers in very different worlds, including hip hop, neo-classical, contemporary and afro contemporary. His dance style and vocabulary were immediately identifiable sliding from one technique to another with ease and virtuosity, he strips away the showy, spectacular stuff from his choreographic techniques, keeping instead only the raw, essential movement. With his deconstructive process he allows his dancers to experiment with new approaches and ideas. He received the Medaille de Chevalier Arts er des Lettres in 2019.
Paramita Saha is a performer, curator, and arts manager, based in Kolkata. She co-founded ArtsForward, an organisation that has engaged in creative advocacy for environmental sustainability, audience development for the arts, supporting emerging artists and fostering artistic ability. She runs At the Still Point, India’s only crowd-funded dance platform. Paramita is an ArtThinkSouthAsia 2016 Fellow and an ISPA Fellow in 2018 and 2021. She has founded ArtAloneTogether, India’s first and only am-pm, mixed arts online festival featuring artists across disciplines and borders; a Continued Learning Program in Dance called Continew operating in both online and offline formats; she co-founded www.unmute.help, an online resource centre to safeguard the rights of performing artists!
Mohana Iyer, Repertory director of Natyanova, is an accomplished artiste, choreographer and trainer in Indian Classical dance forms of Bharatanatyam, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, performing and teaching for several years. She has an MFA in dance. Her performances and choreography in Bharatnatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kathakali have received critical acclaim. She is a trained Carnatic vocalist and a Nattuvannar.
Dr Kaustav Bakshi is Associate Professor at the Department of English, Jadavpur University. “Rituparno Ghosh: Cinema, Gender and Art”, “Popular Cinema in Bengal: Genre, Stars, Public Culture” and “Queer Studies: Texts, Contexts, Praxis” are some titles to his credit.
Sunil Bhandari is a poet disguised as a corporate executive. His book of poetry ‘Of Love and Other Abandonments’ was an Amazon bestseller. His poetry podcast ‘Uncut Poetry’ is heard in over 70 countries. His cultural newsletter ‘The Uncuts’ is a weekly sundrop of grace and mull with 3K dedicated subscribers.
Sukla Bar Chevalier
Spaces for Practice Team
Curator: Vikram Iyengar
Month Coordinator: Vikram Iyengar, Kunal Chakraborty
The American Centre, Kolkata
Embassy of France in India
Institut Francaise, India
Alliance Française du Bengale
India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore
French Ministry of Culture (DRAC Pays de la Loire)
Pays de la Loire District
Municipal Corporation of Angers
BNP Paribas Foundation
Venue and Festival Partners
The Creative Arts Academy
International Kolkata Book Fair