Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art  in collaboration with Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, GATI Dance Forum & Swissnex India presents

‘Body Temperature’ by Swiss performance artist Dorothea Rust
Workshop and performance-day by Swiss performance artist Dorothea Rust in collaboration with Indian artists Smitha Cariappa and Suresh Kumar

Dates: 9 - 12 December 2013
Workshops: 9 & 10 December 2013
Venue: The GATI Dance Forum, New Delhi
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Performance-Day: 11 December 2013
Venue: Khirki Village, New Delhi

Reflections: 12 December 2013
Venue: GATI Dance Forum, New Delhi

Address: The GATI Dance Forum, 5 Wind Mill Place, S-17, Khirkee Extension, Opposite Select City Walk, New Delhi - 110017 T +91 11 4182 5766 / M +91 99714 06113

Dorothea Rust returns to India to further her research with performance artists and participate in a live-art performance in New Delhi this December. Dorothea was in Bangalore, India in 2011 to be part of LIVE ART FESTIVAL BANGALORE. The specific of this collaboration and exchange is to enhance engagement and development of skills and collaboration in performance art practice.

The workshop at GATI Dance Forum will focus on performance studies and will include discussions on strategies and practices in performance art with examples from the art/performance canon and from contemporary works. Indian artists Smitha Cariappa and Suresh Kumar will join Dorothea Rust in presenting different performative approaches, tendencies and the scenes in Switzerland and India (e.g. research about documentation, festivals, competitions, initiatives in off-spaces) The participants of the workshop will indulge in performance-practice and awareness explorations in preparation for the performance 'Body-Temperature' for the Delhi-Performance-Day. Sessions will include developing body concepts, codes and strategies and reflecting on our relationship with space, environment, neighborhood and city.

Tentative list of performers at 'Body-Temperature' for the Delhi-Performance-Day on 11 December 2013 at Khirki Village, New Delhi includes: Aishwarya Sultania (Delhi) • Dorothea Rust (Zürich /Switzerland) • Dimple Shah (Bangalore) • Inder Salim (Delhi) • Manas Acharya (Kolkata) • Monica Nanjunda (Bangalore/Hydrabad) • Pinak Banik from Kolkata • Shweta Bhattad (Nagpur) • Smitha Cariappa (Bangalore) • Sushil Kumar (Delhi) • Suresh Kumar (Bangalore) • WALA collective (Delhi) • Students from the Delhi workshop.

Dorothea Rust works in/with dance, improvisation, performance art, live actions, and installation. She is curator of diverse performance events in collaboration with other artists and music groups (Der längste Tag, GNOM gruppe für neue musik baden). Back in the '80s she collaborated in New York with dancer, choreographers and musicians where the experimental spirit and the protagonists and works of the Judson Dance Group of the 60s were still prevalent. Since 1986, Rust has given solo performances and collaborated with various choreographers, musicians and visual artists. Her performances and teaching activities have taken her across the globe to USA, South America, Europe and Asia. More:

Organiser & partners: Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, FICA - Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, Gati Dance Forum and Swissnex India