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EVENT Padmini Chettur presents “Beautiful Thing 2”, a contemporary performance, on November 5

T he French Embassy, in collaboration with Alliance Francaise, Prakriti Foundation and Kalakshetra Foundation, presents “DanSe Dialogues,” which brings to Chennai six contemporary dance performances from France and India. “DanSe Dialogues” aims at creating a unique dance platform to facilitate exchanges between Indian and French contemporary artists, dance enthusiasts and audiences. The performances will be hosted at Rukmini Arangam, Kalakshetra, and Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Auditorium from November 5 to 12, 2011.

“DanSe Dialogues” will showcase the best from the choreographic scene of both France and India. With about 80 French dance companies regularly touring the world, France's contemporary dance scene is recognised for its quality and diversity. In India, while classical and traditional dances are greatly developed, contemporary forms remain marginal. “DanSe Dialogues” hopes to create a dynamic that enables the development of contemporary dance at home.

“DanSe Dialogues” opens with a contemporary performance “Beautiful Thing 2” by Padmini Chettur at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Auditorium on November 5. Chettur uses time as a powerful strategy in the very dramaturgy of presence. The performance prescribes nine ‘lines' in space. The physicality of the body becomes abstracted over time, till the spaces it holds and moves become more present. The performance remains constantly on the edge of ‘performing' and not. In moments playing with the body's potential to grow in space, at others for it to dissolve into space.

Padmini Chettur was born in 1970. She began her training in Bharatanatyam. In 1990, she joined the company of Chandralekha, to date the most important Indian artist to contemporise dance in India. During the 10 years spent working with Chandralekha, Chettur began her own study and research of the body's geometry and its relationship with space.

The politic of developing a contemporary dance idiom from within Indian physical forms, rather than by a study of western ones continues in her work. She has performed with her company at Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Springdance (Utrecht), Kunsten festival des Arts (Brussels), Bozar (Brussels), Seoul Performing Arts Festival and National School of Drama Festival (New Delhi).




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