Tukre’ (pieces in Hindi) explores how lineage and rites of passage transcend borders. Inspired by the contents of his luggage on arrival in Australia from India, Raghav creates a memory map of his life and heritage through music and dance.
Evoking the traditions and rituals of his family, Raghav performs against the background of his mother’s ancestral jewellery and dazzling saris. His movement combines delicate, linear masculinity with speed and precision – inspired by his grandfather, who as a jewel maker spent his life “faceting” gems and diamonds. The unique skills and movements employed in this process of cutting, shaving and shining precious stones are replicated in the choreography. By mapping memories, Raghav uncovers how history is passed down through bloodlines, frying pans and faceting techniques.
CREATOR/CHOREOGRAPHER/PERFORMER / RAGHAV HANDA
CULTURAL CONSULTANT/PERFORMER / SHASHI HANDA
OUTSIDE EYE / NARELLE BENJAMIN
SOUND DESIGN / LACHLAN BOSTOCK
LIGHTING DESIGN / DANIEL ANDERSON
FILM AND PROJECTIONS / MARTIN FOX
COSTUME DESIGN / MARISSA YEO & PHEONUH CALLAN
VOCALS / SHRUTI GHOSH
CELLIST / STEPHANIE FEHER
ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER/OPERATOR / TIM GAWNE
SOUND & MEDIA OPERATOR / MIKE WILLMETT
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Instruments and artifacts belong to Artisans Mr. Muni Lal Handa and Mr. Mohan Lal Mahendru
2014 / Metro Arts – Performance Season, 21-24 May – co-presented by Metro Arts, Next Wave, & Raghav Handa
2014 / Next Wave – Performance Season, 1 – 10 May – co-presented by Next Wave, Dancehouse & Raghav Handa
Tukre’ has been commissioned and developed through Next Wave’s Kickstart program for Next Wave Festival 2014.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.