A Slightly Curving Place

A Slightly Curving Place (2022) Padmini Chettur and Maarten Visser 2 screen video-installation. 26'40" A transplanted archaeological site in Anupu is both the subject and object of this film. Within it, a single body is lost in scale to the vast landscape or filling the frame to propose itself. The lines, textures, and colours of the site come together [...]



Chalking (2021) performance and 4 channel video installation What does it mean to align oneself in space and time? Chalking deconstructs a body’s rotational possibilities - turning, spinning - into a vocabulary of tension and resistance, inscribing absence at the very heart of the body’s presence with others. The performance segments and arcs movement - drawing, erasing, and recharting [...]


Philosophical Enactment 1

Philosophical Enactment 1 (2018) “But what does it mean?” is perhaps the most often heard response to dance that doesn’t in itself propose meaning. Some years ago, in a text, visual art curator Zasha Colah wrote: “Watching Chettur’s works, the complexity of an imaginary of the present moment becomes palpable to ourselves. In this, Chettur’s work is a new [...]



Varnam (2016) The project ‘Varnam’ began as a work for film, commissioned by Steirischer Herbst (Graz 2016). It was then reconfigured into a three-hour performance work, premiering at the Kochi Muziris Biennale (2016). Now, in its third form, it will become a shorter work for stage.’ Varnam’ is a multi-layered deconstruction of a composition from the traditional Bharatanatyam repertoire. A weaving together [...]



Kolam (2014) Kolam was created as part of the contemporary performance project ‘Stranger in Indian Paradise‘ conceptualized and created by David Rolland Choréographies. The work was commissioned by choreographer David Rolland. Ten dancers walk on a 400 sq. ft. carpet decorated with a gigantic kolam. The dancers move along the curved lines halted by grids for the steps. As is the baseline of Rolland’s project, [...]


Wall Dancing

Wall Dancing (2012) In an attempt to free the audience from the tyranny of viewing, Padmini Chettur’s new work is an installation of bodies in a room. Over the three hours that one can visit this performance, the dancers assume different configurations within the space, always allowing absolute mobility to the viewers as well. Almost like the chapters of [...]



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 [...]


Beautiful Thing 2

Beautiful Thing 2 (2011) Beautiful Thing 2 position the body almost as an architectural object in an empty stage. Using time as powerful strategy in the very dramaturgy of presence. The performance prescribes nine lines in space. The physicality of the body becomes abstracted over time, till the spaces it holds and moves become more present. The performance remains constantly on the edge [...]


Beautiful Thing 1

Beautiful Thing 1 (2009)Beautiful Thing 1 can be seen as a construction in space, of time. The dancers are the discreet segments of a unique mathematical equation. An equation that is balanced, where disjointedness is sewn together. Blocks of movements are added, subtracted, multiplied until finally they arrive at meaning.The ‘blocks’ or vocabulary of the work are randomly created by the [...]


Paper Doll

Paper Doll (2005) The chain of paper dolls are cut out as children come to life. They represent what is perfect but what is also two-dimensional. A form easily broken, held together by the thinnest strips of flesh. The line unravels, then breaks into segments, clusters, fragments. Each affect the whole constantly, consistently. The dancers are hung perpetually in [...]


3 Solos

3 Solos (2003) DANCE 1. If the body stood rooted, yet tried to move, it.would create tension inside it. The most peculiar tensions of spirals and curls. Lengthening, shortening tensions. Opposing, aligning tensions. The body could almost grow out of its own feet. Hardly moving, ever grounded feet. A homage to the rooted body. DANCE 2. Gently rocking centre. Pushing [...]



Fragility (2001) A contemporary state of being we have all experienced. Those times when we abandon our strength to confront our weaknesses. Moments when we are caught off guard. When emotions are spontaneous. When we reveal who we really are. Fragility is to do with walking on the edge. With being vulnerable. The work interprets 'fragility' at a conceptual [...]