May 2020 - Oct 2022
An anthology of films researching storytelling through improvised movement of body and camera developed between May 2020 - Oct 2022. Moving images of rant, requiems, and rhapsodies building within bodies when the world was confined within walls.
Largely self-funded, this project series was partially funded by the Begin Again Grant from World Dance Alliance, Asia Pacific and has showcased in film festivals globally.
ONLY A GAME
Aug 2022 - Present
Only a Game (?) is an immersive, locative, game/play-based experience at the intersection of movement arts, visual arts, pose detection, creative coding, pedagogy, and community engagement. AI X Performing art project funded by British Council during India/UK Together Program for showcase at India's first tech-art festival: FutureFantastic. Developed in collaboration with artists and creative technologists from UK, Germany, and Switzerland. A game where an AI responds to movement improvisations of the player to control the environment. Experiment aimed at game-based learning which conveys widely-applicable concepts of physics and dance through movement explorations.
Oct 2022 - Sept 2023
A series of performances, one of which showcased at the Ars Electronica Festival Opening Night 2023 about humans, technology, agency, and truth. A practice-led research about intersections of movement and technology and the stories they have to tell.
Gaze explores what “being feminine” is for Pritha and Ronita and how it is affected by the gaze with which we are taught to see what is feminine. Developed through site-specific improvisations of both movement and camera work, this film was made during the Durga Puja Festival in India - a festival that is said to worship that which is feminine, strongly rooted in the culture of both the artists. Ronita’s movement research, inspired by what she calls “the sacred feminine” explored the dualities within her as a female-identifying person and whether that fits into the idea of “feminine”.
Would things pan out differently if one could rewind to the beginning? Developed by Pritha and Anushka within the confines of their homes during the pandemic, Weighted is a journey about choices between the path we are supposed to walk, the path we can choose to walk, and whether we choose to carry the weight of those choices with us; it is inspired by the resilience of nature that withstands fires and storms to flourish time and again and seeks to find that resilience within the human psyche. It is an auto-drama drawing from Pritha’s personal struggles to stand up for who she is, choosing to walk the less-travelled paths, and learning to live with those choices.
CHAOS AND CALM
Chaos and Calm explores movement interpretations of the feeling of changes in the state of one’s mind and senses. It was developed by Adrienne and Pritha during the pandemic in remote collaboration with artists across 7 countries who have never met in real life. It depicts the phases of chaos and calm that the artists went through during the trying times of the last two years, how they dealt with it, and how the support of each other helped them through it. The piece was not pre-choreographed and is based on improvisations developed through general prompts.
Drawing from Pritha's embodied experiences in the last two years of the global pandemic, this film is set within the ever-constant confines of a room, and it the explores the psychological state of inertia in movements which develops into a choreographic piece. How does one get out of this and build resilience to begin again?
A conversation through movement across space and time, inspired by nourishing partnerships that happen outside of the physical world. Co-created, danced and edited by Rebekah Enderle & Pritha K. Soul Sky was showcased at SAFEHouseArts and ODC Theater, San Franscisco in 2022.
Feb 2021 - Aug 2022
A participatory, locative project co-designed with marginalized island communities living in ecologically-fragile regions. Delta Lives aims to co-create a space to voice the often forgotten and misrepresented cultural identities and practices of communities. and connect them with culturally-invested global stakeholders.
MEET MOVE MERGE
May 2020 - Present
A participatory impulse started in May 2020. Designed around user-generated content, Meet Move Merge was to foster engagement in visual and performing arts while staying connected in isolation.
The tendency of a particle to stay in its state of rest or of motion unless acted upon by an external force - that's the physical concept of Inertia. This film is a creative exploration of inertia in the state of our movement, mind, and environment.
Shot within the house they were confined to during the lockdown, it reflects the dynamic journeys of the states of mind of two artists reflected in their movements. The film is a research into dance on camera and movement storytelling.
ENCLOSED AND UNBOUND
A movement film exploring the journey of discovering the conflicted dualities that exist within us, embracing it, and letting it drive us. Created in remote collaboration with movement artist and composer, Seirian Griffiths and movement and visual artist Lauren Ablett.
A performance poetry series based on translations of poems and songs by Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali poet, philosopher, and writer, exploring contemporary movement renditions of timeless words.
ESSENCE OF INDIAN CLASSICAL
Sept 2020 - Present
A pedagogy-oriented movement X visual art project rethinking the idea of Indian Classical movement forms,their accessibility, and how they can inform artistic practices.
Jul 2020 - Present
Drawing from my research in evolution of pattern formation, this project seeks to examine how such principles from physics and evolution inform research in choreography and improvisation of moving humans.
May 2021 - Present
A systematic documentation of personal improvisational movement research. I examine how my background and present environment is reflected in my movement creation. Based on site-specific improvisations, I gather visual documentation of my movement practice at a different place everyday. Learnings from every session is processed to create a movement vocabulary and framework of improvisational tools informed by the external and internal states of the mover.