Project Description

PUSHED (2006)

The ‘beyond’ is neither a new horizon, nor a leaving behind of the past….Beginnings and endings may be the sustaining myths of the middle years; but in the fin de siecle we find ourselves in the moment of transit where space and time cross to produce complex figures of difference and identity, past and present, inside and outside, inclusion and exclusion.

Anger, pain, pleasure, happiness, sorrow, love, lust. From Ashwini’s anger, to Andrea’s lust, from Padmini’s sorrow, to Anoushka’s love, from your pain to your mother’s love. ‘PUSHED’ is all of these journeys. Six dancers enter and exit in quick succession weaving a long and linear non-narrative that moves from one transition to the next seamlessly. The intention is to blur the lines of emotionality. To move the emotional from the tangible subjective to an intangible objective. So we are left with the idea of transactions between bodies and between the bodies and the performing space. Emotion is then our ability to find balance but also to lose. It is the tightrope that takes us from the highs to lows and back up again – not just once or twice but in endless repetition.

Duration : 80 minutes


Music – Maarten Visser
Musicians – Lee, Hway-yeon – ajaeng Park, Ji-hye – haegum Park, Young-seung – komungo
Facilitator – Kim Kwang-Lim
Lights – Zuleikha Chaudhari
Costumes – Metaphors
Photography – Venket Ram, Anna van Kooij, Yidohee
Co-production – Seoul Performing Arts Festival.
Text credit – Homi Bhabha – The Location of Culture.
Performers – Padmini Chettur, Krishna Devanandan, Anoushka Kurien, Divya Rolla, Akila and Ashwini Bhat.