After the success of ‘Anwesha-Beyond
After the success of ‘Anwesha-Beyond the darkness!’ a chilling dance theatre production highlighting mental wellness and well-being in early December 2017, critically renowned Artistic Director of Maya Dance Theatre, Kavitha Krishnan, sets her sights on spreading awareness on the often shunned and uncomfortable discussion of domestic sexual violence against women and children. The topic will be addressed in their third installment of the PANCHA series titled- ‘Flowers Don’t Bloom All the Time.’
PANCHA, a five series dance theatre production draws attention to social issues using a female archetype in relation to nature’s elements. In each of its previous PANCHA productions, Maya Dance Theatre addressed important issues plaguing society including patriarchy and maternal pain due to loss of children’s lives at war.
The third installment in the series draws from the element Earth; Kavitha uses earth to draw parallels to the concept of home.
“When the creation process began on the third element of PANCHA, (Earth), the analogy of earth as home kept presenting itself. For me home is where we find the comfort of familiarity, it is what we know and where we feel safe. Unfortunately, this is not universal- for some, the home is where the most heinous acts are perpetuated by the people who were meant to keep them safe and protected.” explains Kavitha Krishnan, artistic director and choreographer of Maya Dance Theatre.
Drawing from real-life experiences of victim-survivors of sexual violence, Maya Dance Theatre brings these stories to life through ‘Flowers Don’t Bloom All the Time’. This production aims be the voice to victims of such crimes who are often left traumatized and are further subjected to social stigma. They are left with several unanswered questions and the constant feeling of betrayal and guilt.
‘Flowers Don’t Bloom All the Time’ features both Singaporean and Indonesian artists and will be presented after a six month process of creation and conceptualization in Singapore and Indonesia.
Produced by Imran Manaff, the work is helmed by artistic director and concept choreographer, Kavitha Krishnan and choreographed by
Danang Pamungkas (Solo, Indonesia) and Shahrin Johry. The production marks the first collaboration of Maya Dance Theatre with musicians: Neil Chua (Ruan) and Thirukumaran (Percussion) from Damaru and independent dance artist from Singapore – Premela Balakrishnan, and emerging theatre practitioner Ali Anwar.
Long-term music collaborator, Kailin Yong (Singapore) continues as composer on this project.
‘Flowers don’t bloom all the time’ will be presented as a site-based dance theatre production at Centre 42 (an art center which was previously a two-story bungalow along Waterloo Street) between 15th-18th August 2018.
15 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm - 18 (Saturday) 9:30 pm
42 Waterloo Street