Sunday, November 24 | FIRST DRAFT: Peer Sharing Session

We are happy to present ongoing works by two young choreographers, Komal Gujarathi and Maithily Bhupatkar, at FIRST DRAFT, our peer sharing session on Sunday, November 24, 2013.

Featuring movement ideas that are in the process of metamorphosing into performance pieces, FIRST DRAFT offers choreographers and dancers the opportunity to share their work in a supportive space and receive responses from a diverse audience, while giving the audience a concrete glimpse of a dancer’s choreographic process.Each movement sketch/ work-in-progress is followed by a discussion with the choreographer. Since the aim of the session is to bring an outside eye into the creative process, you are encouraged to be frank and generous with responses and criticism.
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2013,
Time: 4 pm – 6:30 pm,
Venue: Goethe Hall/ Library, Goethe-Institut Mumbai, K. Dubash Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai – 1.
ENTRY FREE. Please be on time.
FIRST DRAFT is presented in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Mumbai.
Komal Gujarathi has trained in Bharatanatyam under Sucheta Chaphekar. She holds a BA and MA in Bharatanatyam from the University of Pune, and completed a diploma in contemporary dance at Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore. She works as a performing artist and a dance educator in schools.
She shares a piece based on minimal movements, exploring how intensity can be channelled through them.
Maithily Bhupatkar studied Bharatanatyam with Meenakshi Venkatraman for many years. She later studied contemporary dance with Hrishikesh Pawar, and spent shorter spells training with Tripura Kashyap and Rajyashree Ramamurthi. She also holds an MA in Industrial Psychology. Maithily attended a teacher training course at the Mark Morris Dance Group, New York, for the ‘Dance for PD Program’, and interned with the company for one month. She is now the Program Lead for Dance for Parkinson’s Disease in Mumbai and Pune since 2010. She presented her solo work, The Last Leaf, at the Prayana Dance and Film Festival, 2011.
Jaded by themes that spoke of body, space, freedom, sexuality, abuse and liberation, Maithily started looking for an external trigger to respond to. The piece she is sharing is inspired by the Rorschach Inkblot test, a psychological evaluation method that records and analyses a subject’s perception of inkblots. Over a month, she will create 60 inkblots, find instinctive responses to them and then choose 7, based on their unique quality and the responses they have evoked, in cognition and in affect.