A look into the self

A look into the self

A look into the self

'Rorschach Touch', a performance choreographed by Diya Naidu, will be presented on July 1 and 2, 7.30 pm at Shoonya and on July 22, 6.30 pm at the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan.

Initiated at Gender Bender 2016 and produced by the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore, ‘Rorschach Touch’ is an exploration of perception in the context of gendered bodies, but with the wish to go beyond gendered limitations.

The performance, which gets its name from the famous thematic apperception test by Henry A Murray and Christiana D Morgan, hopes to ask the viewer: How do you see? While it allows and invites one to get close and personal with the performers, it also gives a sensorial experience brought about by movement and touch.

The work is intimate and asks one to be present, to sink in, get carried away and also to look into the self. It is a deeply personal work and treats the body and its states with sensitivity, humour and intense candour.

The audience is called upon to lean in and watch every nuance and detail, including their own perceptions, habits, biases and emotional responses.

The piece starts slowly and quietly to set the pace for a sensorial, movement-based experience. Often images and scenes are repeated with tiny variations in context and character.

This juxtaposition offers the viewer a chance to really see themselves in light of how they receive the situation on stage. The performers are Ajeesh K Balakrishnan, Akshata Joshi, Asha Ponikiewska, Dayita Nereyeth, Masoom Parmar, Niranjan Harish.

Diya Naidu is an independent performer and choreographer. She spent most of her career training and performing with companies like The Danceworx, Rythmosaic and The Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts.

Diya holds a diploma in movement arts and mixed media from the latter. Since 2014, when she became independent, she has delved more into choreography, pedagogy and theatre and her work is an amalgam of these.

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