Sudesh adhana (India / Norway)
Untamed Donkeys was born from Sudhesh Adhana’s reflections and reactions to the tragic increase in violent crimes against women in India. Male dancers hold up a blackboard each to underscore and analyse the mindset, the enduring prejudices that are passed on from childhood in the patriarchal Indian society. Devised to be performed in public sites, the piece tackles subjects considered taboo, challenging viewers who accidentally come across the performance to face these issues. Many of the performers in Untamed Donkeys are themselves prominent Indian dancers and choreographers.
Born in 1979 in Faridabad, India, Sudhesh Adhana first studied Mayurbhanj Chhau and later Kathakali in Delhi. He then pursued further training in contemporary dance studies at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO). He was conferred the 2014 National Film Award (India) for Best Choreography for the song “Bismil” in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider, a critically-acclaimed adaptation of Hamlet set in modern-day Kashmir. As performer and/or associate, Sudesh Adhana has been a part of numerous projects in Norway and abroad. He lives and works in Oslo.
- Concept and direction
- Sudesh Adhana
- with the dancers
- Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy,
Lalit Khatana, Rahul Chhetri,
Sumesh Vazhukkal Myilswamy, Purnendra Kumar Meshram,
Ajeesh Kannanthara Balakrishnan, Harshal Vyas, Sudesh Adhana
- Light design
- Paul Vidar Savarang