Literally “perspective” in Urdu/Hindi, Nigah begins and furthers conversations, thoughts, debates, diatribes, rants, plays, art, protests, hissy fits and any other form of expression on issues of gender and sexuality. Virtually and on the ground in New Delhi, it is an effort to create inclusive and queer spaces that imagine new languages of cultural resistance and celebration around sexuality.
A solo of “false translations” of traditional kathak compositions, where bols transform into nonsensical English gossip, where idiosyncratic postmodern movement suddenly shifts into classical kathak. Based on classical kathak compositions learned from Bandana Sen and Anjani Ambegaokar.
Choreography and text: Cynthia Lee Performance: Cynthia Lee Duration: 7 minutes
The basis of the piece is a critical response to an exotified image of "the temple dancer" that the choreographer has had to contend with while performing Indian dance in Europe.Constructed through chance procedures and drawing on tandava and lasya qualities, the dancer reclaims the power of the gaze.
choreography: Anusha Kedhar & Cynthia Lee performance: Sandra Chatterjee and Cynthia Lee
original music: Gregory Acker and Robert Levit duration: 13 minutes
"I wore myself out watching the road. Counting the moons, I grieved, Holding back a love I could not hold..." -Ksetrayya
A North and South Indian classical dancer collaborate to evoke love, loss, and the slippery relationships between self, friend, and lover, in this contemporary abhinaya (emotional expression) piece loosely inspired by a poem by the 17th century Telegu poet, Ksetrayya.
About the Performers:
Based in Los Angeles and drawing on the aesthetics of western avant-garde performance and classical kathak, Cynthia Lee’s choreography focuses on rigorous intercultural collaboration and developing kathak as a contemporary form. Her work has been deeply influenced by her teachers Simone Forti, Eiko & Koma, Bandana Sen, Kumudini Lakhia, and Anjani Ambegaokar. Cynthia holds an MFA in choreography from UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures and is a member of the Post Natyam Collective.
Based in Munich, Germany, Sandra Chatterjee combines her interests of choreographing, writing, and creating platforms for exchange among emerging creative artists. Her training in Kuchipudi provides a strong basis from which to create contemporary choreography that also draws on her training in Bharatanatyam, Polynesian dance, modern/postmodern dance, and yoga. She holds a PhD in Culture and Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is a member of the Post Natyam Collective.
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (USA, 2007)
Duration: 76 minutes
Writer/Director: James Crump
Sam Wagstaff was a Vanity Fair cover waiting to happen. He was handsome, wealthy, cultivated and connected, not to mention the lover and mentor of the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Both men died of AIDS in the late '80s. Each man was a sexual outlaw, and a sense of outlawry marked their cultural lives no less than their private ones, as seen in James Crump's absorbing 2007 documentary. The narration is delivered in rather hard-bitten tones by writer Joan Juliet Buck. "Black White + Gray" demonstrates a rare degree of intelligence, sophistication and frankness.