Zameen is a collaboration between three Australian digital artists and dancers from Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in India.
A two week trip to the Narmada Valley in remote India – where communities are fighting against large scale dam development that is overhauling their traditional livelihoods – inspired the work.
Zameen is a dance and multimedia show, paired with a short documentary of the same name. It premiered outdoors at Floating Land Festival in Queesland (2013) and toured to the Parramasala festival in western Sydney later that year. A final show with Attakkalari in Bangalore, India concluded the tour.
Further outcomes from our ongoing collaboration with communities in India are now being folded into the future Myth project.
Zameen was created by S. Shakthidharan, Jehan Kanga, Leah Barclay and Ronita Mookerji, Sylvester Mardi and Meghna Nambiar from Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts. Development was supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Queensland.
Jehan Kanga would like to acknowledge the incredible mentoring contributions made by Roland Peelman, Amy Curl and Anna Cerneaz during 2011 when he received support through the Australia Council for the Arts Commission for Young and Emerging Artists through the Song Company to develop The DAM(N) Project.
Jehan Kanga, Leah Barclay and Shakthi Sivanathan are thankful for administrative assistance from Karen Baker, Irene Hendricks, Jenni Pennels from the Song Company and Pankhuri Agrawal, Suprita Moorthy from Attakkalari and directorial advice from Jayachandran Palazy.
We would also like to thank the many research contributors to the DAM(N) Project, the activists who gave time in their busy schedule to meet us in India and who provided significant insight both intellectually and logistically including:
- Himanshu Upadhyaya (former NBA activist and writer)
- Clifton Rozario (Bangalore Alternative Law Forum)
- Madhuresh Kumar (National Alliance of People’s Movements)
- Joe Athialy (Bank Information Centre)
- Vimal Bhai (NBA veteran activist fo 25 years)
- Vijayan M.J. (coordinator of the Delhi Forum)
- Shrikanth (NBA – activist in Badwani/Jobat)
- Bhagirath (NBA – activist in Badwani/Jobat)
- Dayal Solanki and the Solanki Family (NBA – activist from Badal)
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.