When Manipuri dancers Waikhom Biken and Senjam Hemjit took to the level at Delhi’s India International Centre’s auditorium final week, as a part of the ArtEast competition, their dance piece one sq, feet added returned annoying flashbacks. Images of Syrian refugees escaping their place of origin, sitting atop boats, dressed in lifestyles jackets and misplaced within the Mediterranean Sea came speeding to the mind with this dance overall performance, choreographed via award-prevailing choreographer Surjit Nongmeikapam, when the 2 dancers recreated the body actions of rowing a ship the use of a tall bamboo stick. The existence-threatening adventure taken via immigrants in the wish of a better location forms the crux of the 30-minute dance piece. Manipur-born Nongmeikapam, 32, is dragged using co-dancers Bike and Hemjit, who’ve achieved along him in his dance productions in the beyond, as his body lies atop a bamboo stick held through the duo, indicating the onslaught of illness on their sea adventure. We can’t help but bear in mind the haunting photo of the deceased frame of the 3-yr-antique Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi that washed up on a Turkish beach in the September of 2015. The idea for one sq. Toes, says Nongmeikapam, came from the tales that his grandmother, Pishak Nongmeikapam, narrated to him as a baby, of her experiences in Manipur at some stage in the Battle of Imphal in 1944, while the Japanese attempted to get rid of the allied forces in Imphal and their unsuccessful attempt at invading India. Her memories shape the first narrative of the performance. Nongmeikapam says, “As a child, I used to pay attention to the Japan conflict and how my grandmother suffered. She had to run to special locations to survive. There have been quite a few air moves even in Manipur. One of the most important battles became in Imphal and Kohima for the Second World War, and plenty of Japanese, Indian and British soldiers died in that duration. What I understand now’s that such wars are nevertheless occurring and those are escaping for his or her lifestyles and surviving.” Co-founding father of Nachom Arts Foundation in Manipur that focuses on present-day art actions, Nongmeikapam says, “This painting is called one sq. It was due to the fact our properties are named in those terms. We always ask assets sellers and proprietors of what number of square ft of land they have got. When I travel, I want one square foot to face freely, but there is no such area these days.” His works have toured several international locations which includes France, America, Singapore and the United Kingdom. His closing piece, Nerves, gave voice to the indigenous groups of Manipur, in which dancers in a tribal loincloth and army footwear, took center stage.
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June 13, 2019