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.