At Milano Re-Mapped Summer Festival, 11-12 July 2022
with lights by Jan Maertens and sound by Maarten Visser
Choreography and performance by Padmini Chettur
Padmini Chettur performs line 10, as a retrospective of lines she has danced as a soloist through her career. Light will travel with her along a 37-meter outer wall of Hangar Bicocca, as will the sound. The trajectory of her movement maintains a continuous internal rotation, and in the transitions between the two and three dimensional body, the space itself may appear to move.
Padmini Chettur began her contemporary dance career in 1990 as a member of the troupe of Chandralekha—the radical Bharatanatyam modernist choreographer, whose own opus dealt with a rigorous deconstruction of the form. Over the past two decades, Chettur has defined her own choreographic idiom—minimalist, abstract and formal—stripping movement down to an essential, anatomical investigation, prioritising a sense of tension over emotion. Since her solo work Beautiful thing 2 (2011), and in later works—Wall dancing (2013), Varnam (2013) —her work has been seen in visual art spaces like steirischer herbst (Graz), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (Cochin), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), Jejak-Tabi (Jogja), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Archive (Berlin), as her practice extended into film and durational works. Her most recent work philosophical enactment with writer Aveek Sen was recently performed at Contemporaneity (Toronto), Akademi der Kunst (Berlin), and TPAM (Yokohama).