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Rorschach Touch is an exploration of perception in the context of gendered bodies, but with the wish to go beyond gendered limitations. It hopes to ask the viewer, “How do you see?” While it invites you to get close and personal with the performers by really leaning in, it also gives you a sensorial experience brought about by movement and touch.
The work is intimate and asks you to be present, to sink in, to get carried away, and also to look into your own self. It is a deeply personal work and treats the body and its states with sensitivity, humour, and intense candour.
The hope is that while you watch the performers, you will really be witnessing yourself, getting to know what disturbs or stimulates you, what interests or offends you … even what you desire and shy away from, and how you interpret human interactions.
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Diya Naidu is an independent dancer and choreographer from Bangalore. Her works are inspired by varied themes such as explorations of gender, old age, existential angst in urban chaos, and Bardo in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy among others.
In 2015 she was a resident at the Facets choreographic residency of the Attakkalari Biennial and made her piece Today Don’t Insist on Leaving. The same year she was Pro Helvetia’s artist-in-residence in Zurich where she created Red Dress Waali Ladki. In 2016, she developed the Hands and Face Project, which won a Jury Award at The Prakriti Excellence In Contemporary Dance Awards. She was also a grantee at Gender Bender, under which she developed Rorschch Touch. In 2011 she was the joint awardee of Robert Bosch, Bangalore’s Young Choreographer Award under which she created her first solo Nadir. In 2012 she created Bardo Beings, also a finalist at PECDA and performed at Attakkalari Biennial’s Platform 15, among other events.
She was a member of the Attakkalari Repertory Company for many years, after obtaining a Diploma in Movement Arts from the same. She has also worked with The Danceworx, New Delhi and Rythmosaic, Kolkata.
At present she has choreographed and is performing in The Company Theatre’s – Khwaab Sa, directed by Atul Kumar.
She teaches at LshVa and Shoonya art spaces, Bangalore. She is interested in working with members of the community and to that end is in the process of developing a module that imparts tools for creative expression, mindfulness, collaborative activities, conceptual thinking, body awareness and more, to enrich their life experience and well being.