Three dancers from the Southern region – India, Brazil & South Africa present a dance work that will explore personal and national identity framed by the sense of “emerging” cultural and creative identity.
Anoushka Kurien is a contemporary dancer based in Chennai, India. She began working with the dancer/ choreographer Padmini Chettur in 2003 and has performed with the company at festivals and theatres across Europe, Asia and India. She was awarded a dance WEB scholarship from the ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna in 2009 and a J.N.Tata scholarship for dance in 2010. She currently studies at the Trinity-Laban Conservatoire, London.
Micheline Torres graduated in classical ballet and contemporary dance and joined Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças in Rio de Janeiro for twelve years where she was a dancer, creator and assistant. She has performed with plastic artist, Tunga in his work Teresa. The group was founded in 2003 to establish partnerships between independent artists working in Brazil. She is currently working on her project My Body Is My Politics, composed of two works: Carne and I Promise, It ́s Political.
Hector Thami Manekehla started dancing in 1995 and then joined Soweto Dance Project under the directorship of Carly Dibakwane. He has worked with Nelisiwe Xaba, Mamela Nyanmza, Reginald Danster, Gary Gordon, Moya Michaels, Fabrice Lambart, and many other artists from various disciplines within the arts. In 2008 he created and directed KAROHANO with Thabiso Pule & Haja Saranouffie. The piece won 1st prize in Dans Afrique Dans Competition that was organized by Culturesfrance in Tunisia. Although he never went to school, Manekehla is an accomplished performer, creator, choreographer and director. He is an active member of Sweet and Tender Collaborations network of artists.
Commissioned by: Arts Alive