As the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, curated by Sudarshan Shetty, comes to a close, we are glad to announce that some of our participating artists are back with their performances during these final days.

In Aspinwall House, Anamika Haksar and Zuleikha Chaudhari are back in their spaces to restage their performances.

Composition on Water, a 20-min play by Anamika Haksar, is the vibrant interpretation of various Dalit texts, including Water, a poem by Namdeo Dhasal. Haksar’s theatre is socially and politically engaged and speaks to the injustices and inequalities of the subcontinent. Composition of Water specifically addresses the issue of water in relation with caste.

Zuleikha Chaudhari’s Auditioning the Plaintiff (Kumar Ramendra Narayan Roy), Rehearsing the Witness: The Bhawal Court Case, is a performance merged with a video installation. About one of the most famous trials in India, the Bhawal court case, it addresses the notions of identity, truth and fiction. Open auditions will be part of the performance, in which the audience will play the part of the plaintiff.

Padmini Chettur and her performers interpret Varnam, a contemporary dance piece, drawing on the tradition of Bharatanatyam as well as themes such as lost love and eroticism. A ‘varnam’ is the central section of a Bharatanatyam performance, made up of two types of dance: one narrative, is sung, and the other, the ‘jathi’, an abstraction of voice and rhythm that accompanies pure movement. The central space of David Hall will welcome the open stage performance.

At Pepper House, Hanna Tuulikki hosts a two day singing workshop. On the first day, she introduces the participants to the Irish, Scottish and English folk ballad tradition, which is central to her artistic language. On the second day the workshop is dedicated to experimental, wordless and collective singing practices. Click here for more details.

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