Producer: Chandralaya (Deepa Mani)/ Rebel Stepz (Sheena Chundee)
Writer: Deepa Mani and Sheena Chundee
Directed By: Deepa Mani and Sheena Chundee

Where Ballet and Bharathanatyam converge

Synopsis

A new dance work that delves into the minds of 2 South Asian dancers with similar cultural backgrounds but who pursued different art forms, including, Ballet & Bharathanatyam. In blending these genres, power & beauty emerge through acceptance & respect.

The collective is comprised of women of colour from diverse cultural backgrounds, including Asian/Indian/Mauritian, and British backgrounds. The juxtaposition of Ballet & Bharathanatyam highlights the differences between cultures & beliefs. Each dancer begins by introducing their own style, one showcasing Indian and the other Ballet. The opening serves as a strong visual representation of the disparity dancers have faced. It reflects isolation & separation experienced by those accepted because of their cultural differences. The Story unfolds as artists blend & merge their movements which then become “bilingual” and embody harmony & power through accepting and understanding diversity.

Short Reviews

Touch is most persuasive when the two forms are brought together and performed side by side, with their differences and surprising affinities displayed.
Andrew Fuhrmann - The Age
TOUCH is a deeply emotional and thought-provoking exploration of the experiences and challenges faced by 2 women within the realms of Ballet and Bharathanatyam
Shilpa Bhim - GlowReel

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Technical Information

Touring Party: 3
Bump-in Time: 3 hrs
Bump-out Time: 1 hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

  • Its available in the Drop box link provided.
  • Standard rig is required. One section requires pulsing of lights Focuses or spots are required as well as ground lights x 4 2 on either side.

Audio

  • Music can be supplied as wav or MP3 files and is all pre-recorded. Standard set up required. If possible , it will be good to have a 2 microphones for spoken word.

Staging

  • 2 exits required for dancers to come in from either side. Black Tarkett flooring is required.
  • Seating normal, Black box seating

Audience & Marketing Notes

TOUCH draws in audiences united by their interest in diversity and inclusivity narratives. It resonates with individuals keen to grasp biases, the challenges faced by artists of colour, and those who have experienced racism or exclusion. it captivates those curious about dance related art forms and cultural distinctions, positioning it as a gathering place for those intent on expanding their viewpoints. Art lovers, cultural adventurers, and diversity advocates are naturally attracted to TOUCH.

Selling Points

  • Explore Diversity Through Art: "TOUCH" offers an immersive journey into stories of diversity and inclusion, capturing the essence of multicultural experiences through vibrant performances in dance, music, and art. Whether you\'re a young adult, a working professional, or enjoying retirement, TOUCH speaks to a wide audience, bridging generational gaps with universal themes of humanity and understanding.
  • Understanding Beyond the Surface: This is more than just a performance. It's an opportunity to dive deep into the struggles and triumphs of artists of colour, exploring themes of racism, exclusion, and the beauty of cultural differences. If you\'re intrigued by dance and eager to expand your cultural perspectives, TOUCH is the perfect event to satisfy your curiosity and open your heart.
  • A Celebration of Human Experience: Join us for a unique experience that celebrates the diverse expressions of human life, fostering a deeper appreciation for the arts and the stories they tell.

Community Engagement

  • At the conclusion of the captivating "TOUCH" performance, we aim to enrich the audience experience by inviting them to participate in an engaging Q&A session, which can be facilitated by a skilled moderator or host, if required. This interactive activity will serve as a platform for deeper exploration and reflection on the themes, emotions, and artistic elements conveyed throughout the performance. Audience members will have the opportunity to share their thoughts, ask questions, and engage in meaningful dialogue with the performers and creators of "TOUCH" They can inquire about the inspiration behind specific dance sequences, the process of blending Ballet and Bharathanatyam, the personal narratives shared by the performers, and the overarching message of inclusivity and solidarity. Through this exchange, we aim to foster a sense of connection and community among attendees, empowering them to delve deeper into the themes explored in "TOUCH" and inspiring further reflection long after the performance concludes.

Details

Genre

Audience

Venue Format

Black Box

Duration

50 mins no interval Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

25/11/2024

20/12/2026

Budget & Fees

What are these? Find out more.

In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $7000

Weekly Sell Off: $18200

Per Performance: $4500

Apra Obligations: NA

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