Gati Dance Forum, New Delhi
Beautiful Thing 2 – Padmini Chettur & Zuleikha Chaudhari | 2012
The Gujral Foundation supported a contemporary dance piece by Padmini Chettur with light installation by Zuleikha Chaudhari at the GATI IGNITE! Contemporary Dance Festival in 2012. Beautiful Thing 2 positioned the body almost as an architectural object in an empty space. Using time as powerful strategy in the very dramaturgy of presence. The performance prescribed nine ‘lines’ in space. The physicality of the body became abstracted over time, till the spaces it held and moves became more present. The performance remained constantly on the edge of ‘performing’ and not. In moments playing with the body’s potential to grow in space, at others for it to dissolve into space. It meticulously deconstructed and presented the study of movement mechanics until we were forced to ask the question ‘what is dance? Beautiful Thing 2 was commissioned for the Singapore Arts Festival, co-produced by Szene Salzburg and co-presented by Born Korea in 2011.