Date: November 23, 2023 Time: 8pm Duration: 65 min City: Ghent Location: Minard Theme: Dance

“What he does is marked with perfection and beauty underlined with intelligence. I always think of him as a poet. And his body is totally tuned so it produces music in dance.“ – Aditi Mangaldas


In nimbus, choreographer Sooraj Subramaniam looks for a hybrid dance language, blending the harmony and elegance of classical Indian dance styles with the abstraction and spontaneity of contemporary dance. In this solo, Sooraj depicts the human capacity to dream. From everyday fantasies to existential life expectations and the inner conflicts that come along with it. The title of the work refers to the Latin word for a dark, amorphous cloud, a metaphor for the world of feelings the maker wants to evoke.

Concept, choreography, dance: Sooraj Subramaniam
Music: Osama Abdulrasol
Light design: Sooraj Subramaniam
Costume: Greta Lemaitre
Dramaturgical advice: Avatara Ayuso, Seeta Patel
Production: Maghenta
Residence: Mestizo Arts Platform, Kopergietery, Viernulvier, Danspunt, Minard
With the support of: City of Ghent, Flemish Government, Sangam, Dancehouse Melbourne


In Pallavi, choreographer Sooraj Subramaniam explores the scope of the Odissi dance language together with 4 Indian dancers. Using contemporary methods, he breaks open this classical East Indian dance style and presents it in a new contemporary context.

In Sanskrit, the word “Pallavi” means “budding” or “blooming”. Sooraj therefore views this work as a seed that germinates and grows into a multiple ecosystem. Starting from minimalism and the simplicity of a single movement, this performance unfolds and scatters into a network of complex patterns and kaleidoscopic motifs.

Concept, choreografie: Sooraj Subramaniam 
Dance, creation: Abhayalakshmi MB, Monami Nandy, Sriradha Paul, Akshiti Roychowdhury
Music: Ambi Subramaniam 
Rhythms: Shivshankar Satpathy
Production: Maghenta
Co-Production: Shoonya (Bangalore, India)
Residence: STUK, Danspunt
With the support of: City of Ghent

After the performance there will be a discussion with moderator Tom De Moor (Ghent University) and the artists of nimbus & Pallavi.

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