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zwei zu zwei – eine filmische Annäherung

experimental documentary of the performance zwei zu zwei by Keshava / Tharayil (CH/DE), 2021


More information on the Kaserne project page.

" at first it will feel like watching a dance without subtitles
like hearing a language without a body "

Because of a COVID lockdown phase, Keshava / Tharayil were not able to show their performance two to two in front of an audience, so they decided to collaborate with film maker Michelle Ettlin on a cinematic approach to the stage piece, creating an assemblage of intimate images recorded during the development of the piece. A peek into a theatrical process that is to found its completion in June 2021 at Reithalle (Kaserne Basel, CH).

In zwei zu zwei, Anjali and Sumitra Keshava and Ralph and Norwin Tharayil join each other on stage as Indian-Swiss sibling couples. Within the framework of a fictitious dance lesson, the authors and performers attempt to learn the traditional Indian dance art of Bharatanatyam from the two dancers. Moving, twisting and bending their bodies gradually results in a critical dance experience in which the Keshavas and the Tharayils explore the issues of identity, belonging and cultural (re)presentation. The four performers address their individual vulnerability through a process of physical and linguistic mediation, thereby discovering the medium of dance as a possible form of self-empowerment.

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