On Saturday June 8th, The DAM(N) Project will present their first major performance – a site specific work combining projections, dance and soundscapes in collaboration with Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, India’s leading contemporary dance company, all as part of Floating Land Festival on the Sunshine Coast.
The DAM(N) Project is a large-scale interdisciplinary arts project that connects Australian and Indian communities around the common concern of global water security. The project was conceived and developed by Sydney based director/producer Jehan Kanga, Queensland based composer/sound artist Leah Barclay and S. Shakthidharan, the director of CuriousWorks.
Two of Attakkalari’s leading young dancers Ronita Mookerji and Sylvester Mardi have been in Australia for two weeks, developing the project in collaboration with Jehan Kanga, S. Shakthidharan and Leah Barclay. This will be the first time these Attakkalari dancers perform in Australia.
DAM(N) delves into the heart of the Narmada Valley, working directly with remote communities in central North India, displaced by large-scale dams securing hydropower for Indian cities. Water scarcity is a significant issue for both Australia and India and the issue of controlling and managing hydrological systems is extremely politicised in both countries. The construction of large dams on the River Narmada in India and its impact on over 30 million of people living in the river valley has become one of the most important social issues in contemporary India.
This is a rare opportunity to see a very intimate work by some of Australia’s and India’s best young artists. The performance runs for 45 minutes at the Main Beach at Boreen Point from 7-7:45pm on Saturday June 8th, 2013.