Thu 30 Sep

Divya Kasturi

To Varnam With Love

£17 / £13 (concs)

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An engaging story of love, devotion and commitment - to a god, to a myth, to a way of moving and being. A story of timely relevance - about being separated from those we love. 

Exquisite performer Divya Kasturi unpacks the Varnam, a centrepiece of a Bharatanatyam repertoire performance. Using humour, dolls, singing, music and beautiful dance from both South Asian and western traditions, you will explore Divya’s personal experience of delving into her artistic lineage, nostalgia and traditions.  An engaging and intimate story which welcomes you whether you are familiar with Bharatanatyam and Kathak or open to enjoying new experiences.

“Absolutely charming with a mix of classical and contemporary Indian dance.” Clare Winter, Trestle Arts Base 

“Divya Kasturi dancing… with sparkling poise” by Lyndsey Winship

Duration: 60 mins
Age Recommendation: 5+ 

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How to watch

This is a live performance in The Place theatre. 

Please note: We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety and experience of our performers and audiences. With that in mind, we are continuing to sell at a reduced capacity with a view to increase to full capacity should the conditions allow for it. As a result, the seating layout may change between the time of your booking and the performance date, therefore seating may not be socially distanced. Please rest assured that our aim will be to operate our front of house areas and auditorium within recommendations for safety. If you have any questions please contact

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Production Credits
Choreographer: ​Divya Kasturi
Performer and live vocals: Divya Kasturi
Mentor, Physical movement Director, Dramaturge: Chitra Sundaram
Music Composer and Video Design: John-Marc Gowans 
Theatrical Consultant: Emily Gray 
Creative Support: Chris Fogg 
Chitravina and Indian Carnatic musician and composer: P. Ganesh 
Lighting Designer: Claire Childs 
Indian percussion musician: N Ramakrishnan & team 
Marketing, Flyer Design and Publicity: Rohanne Udall
Costume Designer: Aarika ( by Ashwini Viswanathan) 
Producer: Kyla Booth- Lucking, Clearcut

Thank you to Mark Down (Blind Summit), Smt.Nandini Ramani, Anita Srivastava, Julia Carruthers, Christian Emanuel, Premalatha Aravindan, Aparna Sriram. 
Acknowledgements: Inspired by Saskia Kersenboom’s book ‘Word, Sound, Image’ and Chitra Sundaram’s full length work Moham (2003)

Funded by Arts Council of England National Lottery Project Grant. Supported by Trestle Arts Base and The Place.

About Divya Katsuri 

Divya Kasturi is a multifaceted dance practitioner with more than three decades of performing experience. She is trained in two South Asian dance styles of Bharatanatyam and Kathak. She is also trained in Western contemporary dance and has studied choreography modules at masters level.​

Divya Kasturi is also a classical vocalist. She has worked with Sir Paul McCartney and Nitin Sawhney in the UK. She has also lent vocals for various albums and films in India. Divya Kasturi’s work has been seen all over the world including in New York, Sydney, Paris, and Mumbai. She has performed in Theatre de Complicite’s acclaimed production ‘A Disappearing Number’ which was broadcast through NT live series worldwide in cinemas. She has also worked in Indian television media spanning a portfolio of tasks including program anchoring, conceptualizing, directing and presenting a dance learning series for kids. She has also performed for the BBC. She is currently a QuestLab artist with Studio Wayne McGregor.

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Times: 7.30pm
Duration: 60 mins
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Autumn Season 2021

Autumn Season 2021

We're delighted to announce a fantastic programme of live performances as well as opportunities to engage with dance online.