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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” theguardian.com by Lyndsey Winship
Duration: 60 mins
Age Recommendation: 5+
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This is a live performance in The Place theatre.
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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.
Duration: 60 mins
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Autumn Season 2021