From the Heart
Anusha invited Michael and Candida Valentino to collaborate with one of her her new works. “From the Heart” which has been performed in London UK, (Rich Mix) and New Delhi and Chennai, India. This choreographic work challenges notions of normal & abnormal, drawing inspiration from Anusha Subramanyam’s therapeutic and creative movement work with people with physical and mental challenges. It is an exploration of the dance that they created, using movement that is raw and sincere – straight from the heart. Anusha also worked at the renal ward of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where she used dance to engage with the children and their families, empower the children’s own movement to help them regain an identity beyond that of sick patients. The work uses the emotive and gestural grammar of Bharatanatyam, combining it with movement that is both contemporary and classical.
Music: Michael Ormiston, Candida, Alice Shields and TM Krishnan .
Anusha’s performance begins with a work based on a Vedic text from Nasadiya Sutra, the 129th verse from the tenth book of the Rig Veda. This book speculates on the origins of the cosmos through a series of paradoxical dialogues and theological questions rather than offering definitive answers. …perhaps it formed itself perhaps it did not the one who looks down on it in the highest heavens only he knows perhaps he does not This piece was first commissioned by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, for ‘Many Heavens and One Earth’, an inter-faith summit at the Windsor Castle, celebrating ecology and faith.
Music created by Michael Ormiston. Lights and costume Vipul Sangoi