Duration: 00:16:04; Aspect Ratio: 1.366:1; Hue: 10.550; Saturation: 0.276; Lightness: 0.066; Volume: 0.212; Cuts per Minute: 0.062; Words per Minute: 6.032
Summary: The Gati Summer Dance Residency 2012 offered five emerging choreographers an opportunity to work with experienced mentors in the field of dance, theatre and sound design. It was held in New Delhi, from 21st April to 22nd June 2012. During the nine weeks, the residents developed their own individual choreographic works. The resident choreographers came from multifarious performance backgrounds including Contemporary dance, Kathak, Manipuri, Bharatanatyam as well as Theatre. This year's residents were Divya Vibha Sharma (Bombay), Rakesh MPS (Bangalore), Sanjukta Wagh (Bombay), Debanjali Biswas (Kolkata) and Sunitha (Bangalore). The mentors were theatre director Sankar Venketeshwaran from Kerala, German choreographers Susanne Linke and Urs Dietrich, and Swiss sound artist POL. The Residency concluded with the final showcase of the residents' works on 21st and 22nd June 2012, at Sri Ram Centre, New Delhi.
Arushi Singh’s research was analyzing the choreographic process of each dancer at this year’s Residency. It involved intensively documenting each mentor’s class and rehearsal process of the residents, supported with continued conversations with the residents and mentors. It has led her to shed light on the choreographic journey of each resident including their pre-expressivities, the preliminary ideas for the piece they wanted to develop, the process of developing their movement vocabulary which moved in and out of methods that they already were trained in as well as those they inculcated from collaborative work with mentors and fellow residents, to the very end of finalizing their pieces by engaging in other aspects of their performance such as props and sound.
Sunitha has been trained in Bharatanatyam for thirteen years. She has received actor training under various people from across the country including Sankar Venkateswaran.
‘The moment I saw you, I fell in love with you. I want you.'
‘ The moment…’ – Sunitha slowly steps in front, with both her hands in hamsasya. She moves them together from up to down till about the waist, making two imaginary lines in the air denoting time
‘…I saw you…’ –She glances sideways. The eyes following the hand opening slowly from mukula to alapadma, denoting seeing
‘I loved you’— Both hands in mukula travel from the point near the chest to spread outwards again in alapadma
‘…I want you…’— The hands are brought back to the chest