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Impressions

Choreographer: Kalaisan Kalaichelvan
Performer: Kalaisan Kalaichelvan
Music: David Lang
Livestream Director: Barbara Willis Sweete
World premiere

Impressions

Friday October 2, 2020
Free Livestream
9PM EDT
 

Recording available until October 18, 2020

Choreographer: Kalaisan Kalaichelvan
Performer: Kalaisan Kalaichelvan
Music: David Lang
Livestream Director: Barbara Willis Sweete
World premiere

Impressions examines the nature of memory and meaning through Indian iconography — her moon-like face, his pearl-like teeth, her lotus-like feet, his elephant-like gait. How do we use the metaphor and simile to stimulate the transference from consciousness to the embodied? How does a phrase of mime and gesture act allow the body to access the past and future, the individual and the collective, the micro and the macro. In this solo, choreographer and performer, Kalaisan Kalaichelvan, explores how individuals are tied to each other in relation to the world around them. 

Kalaisan Kalaichelvan

Kalaisan Kalaichelvan

Choreographer/Performer

Kalaisan Kalaichelvan began his training in Bharatanatyam in Toronto, Canada and is a disciple of Guru A. Lakshmanaswamy from Chennai, India. Kalaisan is active as a dancer, choreographer, composer and musician. Having worked across many disciplines and communities of thought, he seeks to bring incongruous institutions together to build novel structures that reflect his interdisciplinary upbringing. Kalaisan has been presented at prestigious festivals across India, the USA and Canada. He has had the privilege of working with many of the industry’s most celebrated troupes, dancers and choreographers such as Akram Khan, Brandy Leary, Hari Krishnan, Janak Khendry, Lata Pada, Mavin Khoo, and Menaka Thakkar. Kalaisan was invited by the National Ballet of Canada in the fall of 2019 as a guest choreographer to work with the company dancers in residence. He was also recently invited by the Akram Khan Dance Company for its inaugural classical intensive. 

Photo credits: Sreedhar Vaidya (1), Kalainithan Kalaichelvan (2),  Jananie Baskaran (3)

For more info including high-res photos, bios, and head shots, please visit the Night Shift 2020 media page.

Night Shift is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council, and made possible (in part) by the Government of Canada.  

Night Shift is co-presented with Fall for Dance North.