At the Still Point
Kolkata and Bengaluru-based organisation Artsforward curates and produces At the Still Point, a crowd-funded Indian contemporary dance platform, launched in 2017. The festival spotlights “artists whose work is edgy, dynamic and extraordinary in the way it contributes to current social and political discourse”. An “intervention into the artist-audience relationship, it seeks to make the community a stakeholder in the nurturing of dancers and their practice”.
Each edition is themed around an ‘Act’. Mandeep Raikhy’s Queen Size comprised Act I in 2017. Act II: Body Sense, in 2018, was made up of Diya Naidu’s Rorschach Touch and Avantika Bahl’s Say, What?. In 2019, Act III: Strange Times included Naidu’s Strange Intimacies and Satakshi Nandy’s Strange Fruit. During the fourth and most recent instalment, held digitally in 2020, Amorphous by Ronita Mookerji and documentarian Priyanshi Vasani and Atho Hidimba Katha by the Samuho Collective were presented. The fifth edition Act V: Detritus, originally scheduled for December 2021, will now take place in June 2022.
Conceptualised by Artsforward director Paramita Saha and choreographed by Prashant More and Surjit Nongmeikapam, with music by composer Karshni Nair and featuring dancers Amitabh Srivastava, Madhyama Halder, Pintu Das, Sangram Mukhopadhyay, Srestha Das Choudhury and Ujjayee Banerjee, Detritus bears the tagline ‘We are what we throw away’. The performance “uses the body to comment on waste, remnants of refuse, and our collective impact on the environment”. It will be staged at art gallery Experimenter’s Hindustan Road premises. Contribute to the crowd-funding campaign here.
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Detritus, the fifth Act of At the Still Point, will be presented at the Experimenter gallery as part of their A Site for Encounters for Drawn From Practice series. The notes for, dialogues, preparation and construction of the entire piece will be “laid threadbare” for the audience at the venue, which means they can be privy to the whole process of the making of the performance. The piece will remind them of how the continuous and non-regenerative devastation of our natural resources, the endlessly perpetuating problem of waste and our general apathy towards the conservation of resources has tipped us over the edge of disaster.
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How to Reach Kolkata
1. By Air: The Kolkata international airport, better known as the Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, is located at Dumdum. It connects Kolkata with all the major cities of the country as well as the world.
2. By Rail: The Howrah and Sealdah railway stations are the two major railheads situated in the city. Both these stations are well connected to all the important cities of the country.
3. By Road: The West Bengal state buses and various private buses travel to and from different parts of the country at a reasonable cost. Some places near Kolkata are Sunderbans (112 km), Puri (495 km), Konark (571 km) and Darjeeling (624 km).
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