Jaskaran Singh Anand (Jaskaran Anand) (1992) is a performance-maker, performer/dancer, and a pedagogue, born in New Delhi, India and is based in Linz, Austria since 2015. He completed his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from University of Delhi, India, and obtained a second degree in Dance Performance & Pedagogy from Anton Bruckner University, Linz, Austria. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters in Interface Cultures from the Art University of Linz.
His research is invested in deconstructing various borders, fascinated by the nature of spirituality, the psychological understanding of the self and socio-political questions of the world & their interrelations. In his interdisciplinary works, he uses various artistic media, always focusing on the human body, which reflects the above-mentioned themes.
Since 2012, he is engaged in the European and Indian contemporary dance and performance art world. He has worked as a dancer, performer and collaborator with Ivo Dimchev, Dschungel Wien, Chiasma/Salvo Lombardo, Liz King/D.ID Dance Identity, Opera de Lausanne, Teatro della Tosse, Balletto Civile and has been part of festivals like Impulstanz, Oriente Occidente, RomaEuropa, Tanztag Buergenland and Vienna. He has also worked as an assistant choreographer for a National Award winning feature film “Haider” in 2014, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj.
Since 2016, he is combining his artistic practices and informatics education. He has deeply invested himself in the research of his ongoing projects: L-INKED, A New Day, Hibernating Further and MachinedHuman!.
L-INKED and “A New Day” are projects that embody an intersectional perspective on gender, sexuality, culture & identity. “Hibernating Further” deals with the future of the ecology & psychological aspect of the society. “MachinedHuman”, a cyborg, is a durational installation-performance reflecting upon the philosophy of post humanism.
He had an opportunity to work as an artist-in-residence for RedSapata, Linz (2019), be part of the research project MoR of Ufer studios, Berlin (2017) and Healing Hill Art Space, India (2015).
He also leads movement body-mind oriented improvisation workshops: “Transcending Ego(s)”, and “Playful Bodies”. He has taught them at Furore Festival conducted by the Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg, Impulstanz Festival, PANGEA Linz and Anton Bruckner Private University Linz (as a part of the pedagogical degree).
Jaskaran’s work has been generously supported by the following institutions and artists:
Linz Kultur, Linz Impulse2019, Land OÖ (Amt der Oö. Landesregierung), Kunst Universität Linz, DorfTV Linz, D.ID Dance Identity, RedSapata Tanzfabrik Linz , and Holykuti records UK
Robert Steijn, Karin Harrasser, Liz King, Stevie J. Sutanto, RENU (Renu Hossain) and Philosophy Unbound Vienna