upcoming performances, 2018
14 & 15 Jul 2018Sat & Sun ||| 2.30pm & 3.30pm ||| 30mins ||| Esplanade Concourse ||| Free
KEMAS - translated loosely in English, means ‘tidy'. It is customary before festive seasons, that people and their houses do some spring cleaning.
Exploring meticulous behaviour & everyday chores, this roving piece brings new life to the spaces in Esplanade.
Come kemas with the dancers from P7:1SMA in this piece, suitable for families and children!
Tickets available now 26 & 27 Jul 2018Thu & Fri 8pm ||| 1hr 15mins(no intermission) ||| Esplanade Theatre Studio
In this, the third and final iteration of Raka Maitra’s dialogic explorations of the abstract space of classical odissi and the general categories of seeing, specifically space, time and movement, the focus will squarely be on the dancer’s torso.
Each previous iteration in the Pallavi series had its unique focus; Pallavi and Spacehighlighted the primacy of the chowk position (“first position” literally and metaphorically) in odissi—a low plie, embodying the dancer’s concentrated consciousness and availability to execute any movement in the repertoire. Pallavi in Time spotlighted the tribhang (tri-bent) standing stance, characteristic of both odissi and Hindu temple sculpture. The aim: To elaborate the delicate, delight of the dancer’s body cutting into time, marked by rhythm, the beat of a song or reverberation footfalls.
Now, in Pallavi with Stillness, Raka’s choreography works to deconstruct odissi grammar by first isolating and then accenting torso movements—a stunning, mesmerising feature of the dance’s repertoire. As in all previous iterations, the choreography is original, bold and utterly of the dancer’s skill, technique and commitment.
A pallavi is a repeated refrain in carnatic music, In Raka’s work it refers to choreographic elaborations; lines of increasingly complex movement, placement, stillness, and shifting balances extrapolated from the grammar and repertoire of odissi. The terminus is a sequence of liquid sculpture in seas of sound—sans role, sans character, sans story. In pure dance, and pleasure.
Panel Discussion on Post-Colonial Tactics with Mandeep Raikhy, May 2018
"Raikhy is our second mentor for ELEMENT working under the subject of “Post-Colonial Tactics” he will be working with Artists in Residence Bernice Lee and Chloe Chotrani at Dance Nucleus in May. Together, they will unearth particular responses to questions on post-colonialism in the local context. On the one hand, ownership of one’s traditions is a credible response to reclaim a society’s identity in post-colonial times, not least in advanced urban societies where cultural memories tend to be short. On the other hand, romantic nostalgia and self-exoticisation can be construed as counter-intuitive, whereby instead of reclaiming one’s place in the world, one remains trapped in a (self-)designated position of the Other."
Artist in Resident at Dance Nucleus, Elements, Singapore, Jan - Jun 2018
Tackling the topic of "Postcolonial Tactics"
Power of Softness
By way of soft, to confront the cultural amnesia that has erased historical stories of when the womb/women were the central focus of power in society. Growing up in what is defined as the third world; discourse on identity is inherently a struggle to tackle as a social and artistic practice. The postcolonial subject and perspective comes from the South, the below, the subaltern, the minority, the fringes. Embodied tactics will be developed from the gut, the belly and source of soft as a creative power to be explored through collective conversations, performance making and furious dancing.
Work-In-Progress: (Untitled) by Byb Bibene and Chloe Chotrani (2017-18)
Filmed at the Valley of Fire in Nevada
Dance Omi 2017 Artist Residency, OMI International Arts Center, New York 2017
The Dance Omi International Dance Collective brought together eleven accomplished dance artists from around the world for three weeks of creative exchange. Though the program focuses on a facilitated process of experimentation and cross cultural collaboration.
Talking Circles, Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, New York, 2017
Talking Circles is about embodied cyclical ways of living
“Celebration of the feminine, which felt particularly healing at this point.” – Eva Schmidt, Visual Artist, New York
“The sense of you luxuriating in your body, really enjoying the movement, the real sense of deriving a kinesthetic pleasure in what you are doing, that was communicated strongly.” – Bilquis Hijjas, Contemporary Dance Producer, Malaysia“The kinesthetic awareness was also happening in your face, in your gaze, your gaze would go from hard to soft. How you wanted us to see you and through how you see us.” – Laura Atwell, Artist in Residence, Movement Research, New York
Tectonic Remains, TOPAZ Art Gallery, Queens, New York, 2016
“TOPAZ ARTS is pleased to host Tectonic Remains – a collaborative working by visual artist Leeroy New, movement artist Chloe Chotrani and composer Yasuno Miyauchi. The informal showing will took place on Friday, October. 7, 2016 at at TOPAZ ARTS in Woodside, Queens, NY.”
Seen and Unseen, Storm King, New York, 2017
A short film directed and performed by designer Yoko Murakami and dancer Chloe Chotrani, music composed by Chatori Shimizu. Seen and Unseen uses minimalism to portray the space in between sentences and the silent moments during a conversation. Nature, sculpture and bodies create intimacy and tension.
Silence is Noise, ROOM SALON in Willamsburg, New York 2017
Silence is Noise was a performance installation by movement artists Chloe Chotrani and Yoko Murakami, composer Chatori Shimizu and hair artist Takeo Suzuki. They explored the hair salon as a space of shedding old ways and recreating oneself. Guests were welcome to experience the salon as a cross-cultural, creative and social venue. The performance occurred in short excerpts throughout the evening.
Three Boroughs, FLOW17 Festival at Randall's Island, New York, 2016
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance and the Bronx Museum of the Arts present FLOW.16 Festival at Randall’s Island Park, New York City. Three Boroughs was conceived by sculptor Tracie Hervy. On Saturday Sept 17th, five choreographers presented movement work inspired by Three Boroughs. Choreographer, Chloe Chotrani framed the movements with Tracie’s piece by utilizing structured improvisation and movement mapping.
Black Dance Forms: Resistance and Engagement, Ecole Des Sables, Senegal, West Africa 2015
26 dancers from around the world came together at Ecole Des Sables. For six weeks they learned traditional West African dance forms, co-choreographed together and responded to media and articles touching on race relations and topics of resistance through black dance forms.
Freestyle Battle, Metro Manila, 2014
Againts Krumper Switch. One of many battles in the street dance community.
The Call Out Battle, Metro Manila, 2014
The only female and one of five representatives of the "South" team for a group battle and performance. A large and united gathering of the whole street dance community in Metro Manila.
Distant Early Warning (D.E.W), Chloe x Lustbass, Philippines, 2015
Movement was translated into soundscapes as dialogue between bassist and dancer. Rather than the conventional movement derived from music, the process was reversed - movement translated into sound. This is a project along side make-up artist Boombee Bartolome and filmmaker Judd Figuerres.