'Umrao & Me' @ CC Amstel, Amsterdam
Jun
15
8:30 PM20:30

'Umrao & Me' @ CC Amstel, Amsterdam

‘Umrao & Me’ is an innovative lecture performance in which the artist shares personal letters written by her to Umrao Jaan Ada - the legendary 19th century ‘tawaif’ performer (courtesan) from India.

Inspired by the beautiful works of Zadie Smith, Siri Hustvedt, Saba Dewan, Ali Smith and Chris Kraus;
the letters reflect on the shifting identity of the female performer over the past 150 years and tackle the questions of agency, obsession, male & female gaze, morality, body shaming and politics of art.

Duration: 35 minutes

Script & Performance: Nikita Maheshwary
Dramaturg: Paul de Bruyne

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'Umrao & Me' @ CC Amstel, Amsterdam
Jun
14
8:30 PM20:30

'Umrao & Me' @ CC Amstel, Amsterdam

‘Umrao & Me’ is an innovative lecture performance in which the artist shares personal letters written by her to Umrao Jaan Ada - the legendary 19th century ‘tawaif’ performer (courtesan) from India.

Inspired by the beautiful works of Zadie Smith, Siri Hustvedt, Saba Dewan, Ali Smith and Chris Kraus;
the letters reflect on the shifting identity of the female performer over the past 150 years and tackle the questions of agency, obsession, male & female gaze, morality, body shaming and politics of art.

Duration: 35 minutes

Script & Performance: Nikita Maheshwary
Dramaturg: Paul de Bruyne

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'LINES' screening @  La danza in 1 minuto, Turin
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

'LINES' screening @ La danza in 1 minuto, Turin

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The short film delves into the multi-pronged issue of drug abuse in Punjab. The border state of India, each year Punjab gets drugs worth billions of dollars from the neighbouring countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The land is besieged with social, political, geographical & emotional recuperation of the drug trafficking and increasing youth addiction.

LINES is a part of SitaaurGita, an ongoing movement based video series on sociopolitical factors of India. The series attempts to illustrate the social, political & cultural fabric and investigate how deeply they are intertwined. The issues addressed, though pan-Indian in their discourse, have been showcased in an urban middle-class perspective.

Performers - Sanchita Sharma & Nikita Maheshwary
DoP & Editor - Jeetin Sharma
Director - Nikita Maheshwary

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'Umrao & Me' @ Moving Futures Festival, Tilburg
May
11
8:30 PM20:30

'Umrao & Me' @ Moving Futures Festival, Tilburg

‘Umrao & Me’ is an innovative lecture performance in which the artist shares personal letters written by her to Umrao Jaan Ada - the legendary 19th century ‘tawaif’ performer (courtesan) from India.

Inspired by the beautiful works of Zadie Smith, Siri Hustvedt, Saba Dewan, Ali Smith and Chris Kraus;
the letters reflect on the shifting identity of the female performer over the past 150 years and tackle the questions of agency, obsession, male & female gaze, morality, body shaming and politics of art.

Duration: 35 minutes

Script & Performance: Nikita Maheshwary
Dramaturg: Paul de Bruyne

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'Eve Teasing' screening @ mana contemporary's body + camera festival 2018
Mar
16
4:00 PM16:00

'Eve Teasing' screening @ mana contemporary's body + camera festival 2018

This short movement based film attempts to capture an ordinary day for the women on Indian streets. Her reactions ranging from caution, vigilance, state of fear to unnerving sickness. Targeted with lurid comments, cat calls, groping and flashing; Eve-Teasing is a common, well practiced and tolerated part of our living.

EVE TEASING is a part of SitaaurGita, an ongoing movement based video series on sociopolitical factors of India. The series attempts to illustrate the social, political & cultural fabric and investigate how deeply they are intertwined. The issues addressed, though pan-Indian in their discourse, have been showcased in an urban middle class perspective.

Performers - Sunaina Jain & Nikita Maheshwary
Editor - FurryTail Production
Director - Nikita Maheshwary

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CineDans 2019 - Talk on Screedance & Social Engagement
Mar
9
4:30 PM16:30

CineDans 2019 - Talk on Screedance & Social Engagement

Dance films address issues that relate to society, through the body and movement.
From representation to direct engagement with people and communities in the midst of socio-political relevances, filmmakers bring themselves up to task with translating and disseminating the problems, complications and reflections of interpersonal and world-wide relations.

CineDans invite filmmakers to open up their views and methods of working. For this session, the audience is invited to reflect together on the present ways of how dance films are treating social issues and the impact of those in our surrounding.

SPEAKERS // Tanin Torabi (filmmaker: The Derive) | Dagmar Dachaeur (filmmaker: Competing for Sunlight: Ash)  | Emma Evelein (choreographer/filmmaker Sisters, A flood remains) | Maia Sorensen(filmmaker/choreographer) | Nikita Maheshwary (choreographer/filmmaker)

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'Eve Teasing' screening @ mana contemporary's body + camera festival 2019
Jan
26
4:00 PM16:00

'Eve Teasing' screening @ mana contemporary's body + camera festival 2019

This short movement based film attempts to capture an ordinary day for the women on Indian streets. Her reactions ranging from caution, vigilance, state of fear to unnerving sickness. Targeted with lurid comments, cat calls, groping and flashing; Eve-Teasing is a common, well practiced and tolerated part of our living.

EVE TEASING is a part of SitaaurGita, an ongoing movement based video series on sociopolitical factors of India. The series attempts to illustrate the social, political & cultural fabric and investigate how deeply they are intertwined. The issues addressed, though pan-Indian in their discourse, have been showcased in an urban middle class perspective.

Performers - Sunaina Jain & Nikita Maheshwary
Editor - FurryTail Production
Director - Nikita Maheshwary

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'Lines' screening @ Rollout Dance Film Festival
Jan
2
to Jan 4

'Lines' screening @ Rollout Dance Film Festival

The short film delves into the multi-pronged issue of drug abuse in Punjab. The border state of India, each year Punjab gets drugs worth billions of dollars from the neighbouring countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The land is besieged with social, political, geographical & emotional recuperation of the drug trafficking and increasing youth addiction.

LINES is a part of SitaaurGita, an ongoing movement based video series on sociopolitical factors of India. The series attempts to illustrate the social, political & cultural fabric and investigate how deeply they are intertwined. The issues addressed, though pan-Indian in their discourse, have been showcased in an urban middle-class perspective.

Performers - Sanchita Sharma & Nikita Maheshwary
DoP & Editor - Jeetin Sharma
Director - Nikita Maheshwary

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The Natya Ballet Dance Festival 2018
Nov
30
to Dec 2

The Natya Ballet Dance Festival 2018

The Natya Ballet Dance Festival 2018
Festival Director & Curator: Nikita Maheshwary

Curatorial Note

Festivals are an important part of urban culture and play a central role in reflecting and adding to the social landscape of cities.

With the second edition of The Natya Ballet Dance Festival, we are back with three days of performances, a masterclass, dance film screenings, talks and discussions.

This year’s programme has been inspired by brilliant artists who are continually producing bold and assertive works that re-look and reinterpret conventional storytelling in today’s social and political context.

The evening performances this year are beyond pure dance. We are delighted to present The Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust’s ‘Mahabharata’ & JustUs Repertory’s ‘Aham Sita’ which effortlessly blends plural mediums and vocabularies while challenging us to revisit the age-old epics in a different light.

We are equally pleased to present two unique performances from the Netherlands. While Vloeistof Dance Company’s ‘We are Waiting at the Border’ is a confrontational performance that makes one question the idea of boundaries; Korzo Theatre’s production 'Ayush' dissolves these boundaries further to bring together on stage the magical union of western dramaturgy and eastern philosophy.

Following the viral discussion around dance and choreography, our Conference ‘Dance Discourses’ this year, is taking a deeper look at the relationship between dance and theatre and dance and film.

The first afternoon of the conference takes us through the performance practices and works of multifaceted artists such as Maya Krishna Rao, Jyotsna Shourie, Gowri Ramnarayan and the late Veenapani Chawla & current performances of Adishakti Theatre. All of these artists have effortlessly imbibed the ageold principles

of natya; amalgamating all three - dance, music & theatre, seamlessly in their oeuvre.21, Bhai Veer Singh Marg, New Delhi -110001 | 011 -23742568 | natyaballetcentre@gmail.com

To experience and discuss four critically acclaimed and award-winning films, the second afternoon of 'Dance Discourses' is dedicated to reflect on how art can push boundaries to mobilize social change. While the film 'Bahuda' conveys the message of plurality; 'Shringaram', 'O, Friend, This Waiting!' and 'The Other Song' reflects on the marginalised identity of the devdasis (women temple dancers) and the tawaifperformers (courtesans) and talks at length about their unacknowledged contribution to Indian dance, theatre and cinema.

We are extremely proud to present the ‘Meet the Legends’ Series. The series are conversations with the icons of Indian dance such as Pandit Birju Maharaj, Astad Deboo, Mallika Sarabhai and Leela Samson. All four of these eminent personalities have a lifetime of work to speak for them. They are path breakers, masters of their craft and activists with a wealth of stories to share about their individual journeys. We thought it would be interesting for the dance fraternity and the public at large to hear them talk about their extraordinary lives.

This year, preceding the three days of the festival, we expanded our audience- engagement programme further with the hope of encountering many more ways of redefining and re-finding dance. During the month of November, we went to universities and institutions to engage with a young and discerning student audience with our {Exchange X Explore} programmes.

We look forward to experiencing this festival together with you!

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'Umrao & Me' @ Shiv Nadar University
Nov
15
12:30 PM12:30

'Umrao & Me' @ Shiv Nadar University

As a part of the {exchange X explore} initiative, ‘Umrao & Me’ is set to be performed at the Shiv Nadar University.

Umrao&Me is an innovative lecture performance that investigates the agency of a female performer and traces the shifting identity of women in the arts.

During the performance, Nikita shares with the audience personal letters she wrote to the legendary Indian tawaif performer (courtesan) Umrao Jaan Ada reflecting on what it means to be a woman artist in present day society. The letters tackle questions of agency, male and female gaze, morality, body shaming and politicisation of dance.

Duration: 30 minutes
by Nikita Maheshwary & Paul De Bruyne

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'Umrao & Me' @ Ashoka University
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

'Umrao & Me' @ Ashoka University

As a part of the {exchange X explore} initiative, ‘Umrao & Me’ is set for its Indian premiere at the Ashoka University.

Umrao&Me is an innovative lecture performance that investigates the agency of a female performer and traces the shifting identity of women in the arts.

During the performance, Nikita shares with the audience personal letters she wrote to the legendary Indian tawaif performer (courtesan) Umrao Jaan Ada reflecting on what it means to be a woman artist in present day society. The letters tackle questions of agency, male and female gaze, morality, body shaming and politicisation of dance.


Duration: 30 minutes
by Nikita Maheshwary & Paul De Bruyne

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'Umrao & Me' premiers @ Korzo Theatre, The Hague
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

'Umrao & Me' premiers @ Korzo Theatre, The Hague

Umrao&Me is an innovative lecture performance that investigates the agency of a female performer and traces the shifting identity of women in the arts.

During the performance, Nikita shares with the audience personal letters she wrote to the legendary Indian tawaif performer (courtesan) Umrao Jaan Ada reflecting on what it means to be a woman artist in present day society. The letters tackle questions of agency, male and female gaze, morality, body shaming and politicisation of dance.


Duration: 30 minutes
by Nikita Maheshwary & Paul De Bruyne

http://www.indiadansfestival.nl/nl/producties/umrao-me

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'Beyond Dance' at India Dans Festival 2018, The Hague
Oct
21
to Nov 3

'Beyond Dance' at India Dans Festival 2018, The Hague


Beyond Dance at India Dans Festival 2018
curated by Nikita Maheshwary

Dance and cinema allow us to see the world through the eyes of another, and feel, see and imagine a possibility of something beyond the ordinary. Stunning and thought-provoking works by brilliant Indian artists and filmmakers have inspired this year’s programme. The films showcased during the eight edition of the festival have been curated on two distinct themes: New Dance and The Uncelebrated.

New Dance
This segment showcases short dance films that traverse between the traditional and the contemporary. The films have captivating storylines, cinematography and creative choreography. While few investigate plural vocabularies that transcend cultural boundaries, some films explore the socio-political aspects of present day India.

The Uncelebrated
This segment explores the contribution and relevance of the artistic legacy of the courtesans, tawaifs, devadasis and maharis. The films highlight their pivotal yet uncelebrated role in laying the founding stone of today’s classical dance forms of Kathak and Bharatanatyam. The Indian National Award winning film O Friend, This Waiting! by Sandhya Kumar and Justin McCarthy traces the devadasi tradition in South India through the medium of dance and love-poetry. While The Other Song, a poignant film by Saba Dewan captures rather poetically the lost traditions and the culture of tawaif performers.

http://www.indiadansfestival.nl/nl/podium/series/films

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'LINES' screening @ India Dans Festival 2018, The Hague
Oct
19
to Nov 3

'LINES' screening @ India Dans Festival 2018, The Hague

The short film delves into the multi-pronged issue of drug abuse in Punjab. The border state of India, each year Punjab gets drugs worth billions of dollars from the neighbouring countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The land is besieged with social, political, geographical & emotional recuperation of the drug trafficking and increasing youth addiction.

LINES is a part of SitaaurGita, an ongoing movement based video series on sociopolitical factors of India. The series attempts to illustrate the social, political & cultural fabric and investigate how deeply they are intertwined. The issues addressed, though pan-Indian in their discourse, have been showcased in an urban middle-class perspective.

Performers - Sanchita Sharma & Nikita Maheshwary
DoP & Editor - Jeetin Sharma
Director - Nikita Maheshwary

http://www.indiadansfestival.nl/nl/producties/lines

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'Eve Teasing' & 'Lines' screening @ Guiar Screedance International Festival
Oct
9
to Oct 13

'Eve Teasing' & 'Lines' screening @ Guiar Screedance International Festival

LINES delves into the multi-pronged issue of drug abuse in Punjab. The border state of India, each year Punjab gets drugs worth billions of dollars from the neighbouring countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The land is besieged with social, political, geographical & emotional recuperation of the drug trafficking and increasing youth addiction.

EVE TEASING is a movement based film that attempts to capture an ordinary day of women on Indian streets. Her reactions ranging from caution, vigilance, state of fear to unnerving sickness. Targeted with lurid comments, cat calls, groping and flashing; Eve-Teasing is a common, well practiced and tolerated part of our living.

Both films are part of SitaaurGita, an ongoing movement based video series on sociopolitical factors of India. The series attempts to illustrate the social, political & cultural fabric and investigate how deeply they are intertwined. The issues addressed, though pan-Indian in their discourse, have been showcased in an urban middle-class perspective.

Performers - Sanchita Sharma, Sunaina Jain & Nikita Maheshwary
https://www.guiarfestival.com

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'EVE TEASING' screening @ Mana Contemporary's Body + Camera Festival 2018
Oct
5
to Oct 7

'EVE TEASING' screening @ Mana Contemporary's Body + Camera Festival 2018


This short movement based film attempts to capture an ordinary day for the women on Indian streets. Her reactions ranging from caution, vigilance, state of fear to unnerving sickness. Targeted with lurid comments, cat calls, groping and flashing; Eve-Teasing is a common, well practiced and tolerated part of our living.

EVE TEASING is a part of SitaaurGita, an ongoing movement based video series on sociopolitical factors of India. The series attempts to illustrate the social, political & cultural fabric and investigate how deeply they are intertwined. The issues addressed, though pan-Indian in their discourse, have been showcased in an urban middle class perspective.

Performers - Sunaina Jain & Nikita Maheshwary
Editor - FurryTail Production
Director - Nikita Maheshwary

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Lecture - Exploring Performance in Public Space
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Lecture - Exploring Performance in Public Space

An introduction lecture to kickstart ‘Making Space’ - an intensive week on building performances in public space. Hosted by Dans Brabant, Tilburg and Fontys Dance Academy.

http://dansbrabant.nl/nieuws/making-space-week-2018/

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'Home, Suspended' screening @ IKONO TV
Sep
15
to Sep 16

'Home, Suspended' screening @ IKONO TV

In India during the last five decades, more than 50 million people have been uprooted from their homes due to development-induced displacement. The displaced persons are mostly asset-less rural poor like landless labourers, small farmers, tribals, Dalits and Adivasis. For the sake of national interest and development, these millions bear witness to the destruction of their own lives and livelihoods with bleak hopes of rehabilitation or settlement. This short film captures the unsettling experience of displacement and homelessness transformed into a state of suspension.

HOME,SUSPENDED is a part of SitaaurGita, an ongoing movement based video series on sociopolitical factors of India. The series attempts to illustrate the social, political & cultural fabric and investigate how deeply they are intertwined. The issues addressed, though pan-Indian in their discourse, have been showcased in an urban middle-class perspective.

Performers - Pragati Agarwal & Nikita Maheshwary
DoP - Sangeeta Banerjee & Ashish Banerjee
Editor - Amit Chatterjee
Director - Nikita Maheshwary

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Choreography Showcase 'Tomorrowland' @ Theatre de Speeldos
Jun
10
10:30 AM10:30

Choreography Showcase 'Tomorrowland' @ Theatre de Speeldos

Final Showcase choreographed for students of Talent Academy at Theatre de Speeldos.

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Final Exhibition at Het Verhalenhuis
May
21
2:00 PM14:00

Final Exhibition at Het Verhalenhuis

HET VERHALENHUIS or THE STORY HOUSE was a participatory art project stationed at Newtonstraat,6. In collaboration with artists Anja Radakovic, Vitoria Aquino and organisation Tante Netty, I took another step forward to explore the ‘Idea of Home’. The six week-long project aimed to bring to life the stories of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ of the community of Woensel West in Eindhoven, Netherlands. 

By hosting a series of community workshops, dinner & coffee meets and street interventions in the neighbhourhood we built a cozy house of stories. And, after six weeks of interaction with the warm community of Woensel West, we hosted a day full of performances, installation, walks, talks, games and coffee! 

Web of Knowledge
The installation aimed to bring together the conversations, memories and objects from the culturally diverse neighbourhood of Woensel West. The conversations took place during sunny afternoons in the park, on the streets, over warm dinner and several cups of coffee.

The rhizomatic structure or the “web of wool”, which serves as the base of the work, takes inspiration from Deleuze and Guattari’s Rhizome Theory. A rhizome is “always in the middle, in between things” and never complete. However, these randomly linked connections continually multiply, promote further growth of knowledge and create non-linear cultural networks. We invited neighbours and visitors to join the network, by sharing their knowledge and adding it to the web of stories.

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Installation - 'The Wall of Babel'
Apr
24
to Apr 30

Installation - 'The Wall of Babel'

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The Wall of Babel - A collaborative participatory word-wall 
by Nikita Maheshwary & Premjish Achari

The Wall of Babel’ was conceptualised during the second edition of Future Collaboration and was exhibited as a part of group exhibition ‘Workers and Farmers: The Panorama of Resistance (Prelude)’ in April 2018. 

Artists’ Note:

“Through our series of exchanges of words or what we call as “utterances”, we both attempt a new way of collaborative writing, thinking about the trauma of the displaced. We would like you to join us and expand the network of words and create a wall of utterances and expressions from different languages, contexts and experiences. Let us raise a Wall of Babel, instead of a lofty tower, a memorial for resistance in our scattered languages.”
- Nikita Maheshwary & Premjish Achari

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'Lines' screening @ bucharest International Dance Film Festival 2017
Sep
7
10:00 PM22:00

'Lines' screening @ bucharest International Dance Film Festival 2017

The short film delves into the multi-pronged issue of drug abuse in Punjab. The border state of India, each year Punjab gets drugs worth billions of dollars from the neighbouring countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The land is besieged with social, political, geographical & emotional recuperation of the drug trafficking and increasing youth addiction.

LINES is a part of SitaaurGita, an ongoing movement based video series on sociopolitical factors of India. The series attempts to illustrate the social, political & cultural fabric and investigate how deeply they are intertwined. The issues addressed, though pan-Indian in their discourse, have been showcased in an urban middle-class perspective.

Performers - Sanchita Sharma & Nikita Maheshwary
DoP & Editor - Jeetin Sharma
Director - Nikita Maheshwary

http://www.bidff.ro/midnight-specials-en

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Performance - TUJHKO BANAYA GAYA HAI MERE LIYE
Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

Performance - TUJHKO BANAYA GAYA HAI MERE LIYE

TUJHKO BANAYA GAYA HAI MERE LIYE
Duration : 20 mins

The piece investigates the representation of women in the Indian pop culture. It questions their objectification, the handed down warped codes of romance and the glorification of sexism in the mainstream that masquerades itself, sometimes as an innocent joke or gets etched in our heads as a catchy item song.

Set on the timeless, iconic romantic nazam from the 1976 Bollywood movie ‘Kabhi-Kabhi’, the piece borrows the movement vocabulary from the popular cultural image of a female and male body. It attempts to capture the varied gender equations, the society’s innate permissiveness towards the quintessential ‘chedkhani’ or eve-teasing and how this collective tolerance propagates and contributes to gender-related violence.

Direction: Nikita Maheshwary
Process Collaborators & Performers: Mahesh Saini & Nikita Maheshwary

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PERFORMANCE - The Architecture of Loss
Sep
1
2:00 PM14:00

PERFORMANCE - The Architecture of Loss

A short performance work as a part of the lecture presentation ‘Damming the Narmada: Development or Dispossession’ at Ambedkar University, Delhi.

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Durational Performance - Alien
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Durational Performance - Alien

A durational performance in collaboration with Italian artist Beatrice Pediconi

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