Epistolary Corpus

Artist Talk, variable duration

Epistolary Ancestries (2016-2021) is an inquiry into a personal filiation of practice, reflected through a corpus of expanded-writings that intersects three textual forms: the note, the critical essay and the letter. Drawing from an embodied practice of dance, a plurality of notes (words, dances, images, songs) drift into an essayistic constellation, in turn framed as an open letter to an already dead person. By this gesture of direct address, the writings co-opt an idiosyncratic ancestry of inquiry. This corpus comprises nine epistolary essays that progressively reframe dance in relation to various contexts: artistic reconstruction, national-cultural identification, feminist modernity, fabulation & historiography, decolonial strategies and critical scientism.

2020 Public Research, Vierte Welt Berlin
2019 Starting Realities: Documentary Theatre Symposium (Goa)

2019 OB[SCENE]: Dramaturgy as practices of making (in)ivisible (Zürich)
2019 Museum Collections in Motion, Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum (Cologne)

2019 Postcolonial Oceans Conference (Bremen)


Dear Dead Dancer

Essay-Performance, 65 minutes

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Addressed to Kelucharan Mahapātra (1926-2004), a pioneering reconstructionist of Oḍissi dance, this letter comprises auto-ethnographic notes, documentary video footage and live performance of song and dance. The work throws open questions on pedagogy, aesthetics and poetics in dance.

2017 Uferstudios (Berlin)
2016 Dance Nucleus (Singapore)
2016 Centre42 (Singapore)

Developed in residency with Dance Nucleus (Singapore);
with support from Centre42 (Singapore).


Picking (on) Prefixes


Unpacking some of the civic, cultural and religious entanglements inherent in the prefixes ‘Indian’ and ‘Classical’, this essay is an attempt to dance the ‘Dance’ out of such prefixity. The letter is addressed as a kind provocation to Rukmiṇi Devi (1904-1986), a woman who was pivotal in shaping the identity of a post-colonial Indian nation-state through her stalwart work on and in dance.
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2020 “Aesthetic Practices of Learning and Unlearning”, Fink Verlag 2017 Lecture Series “Decolonising Aesthetics”, University of Arts Berlin



Video-Essay, 55 minutes

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This debut collection of poems in words, sounds and images, reaches out to Bhanusingha Ṭhākur, the pseudonym under which Rabindranāth Tagore (1861-1941), the Bengali polymath published his own first collection of poetry. Here, field notes and sound recordings, quite still and moving images, documented and hearsay anecdotes, together aspire to a poetic field of relations.
2018 Jeu de Paume (Paris)
2017 University of Arts Berlin
2016 Goodman Arts Centre (Singapore)