now-2016 | performance-maker, performer
Current Duration: 30'
Concept: Jaskaran Anand
Dramaturgy: Robert Steijn
Dramturgical Consultant: Karin Harrasser
Supported by: Land Kultur OOe, DorfTV Linz, RedSapata Tanzfabrik Linz , D.ID Dance Identity with Kulturzentrum Eisenstadt and Holykuti Records UK
Residency @ D.ID Dance identity Buergenland
The project "L-inked" is centered around questions of sexuality and gender. It was initiated as a text based improvisation influenced by personal experiences and the Indian mythology of "Shakti".
Through the project I want to invite the audience to show more openness towards the people they share their lives with – not only the ones they already know, but also those who are still strangers to them. I want to tackle questions of shared humankind by encouraging an exchange of different understandings of and perspectives on love and desire. I want to invite people to take the performance as a starting point for their own reflection on how normative perspectives on love and desire form our individual lives and humankind as a whole. I want to reflect on how each of us can help to create an open and progressive environment wherein everyone can be accepted for who they are.
The project began in Linz in June 2016 as an 8 minute performance during the theatre play “The Bride Project (working title)” by Lonesome George Productions, at Theater Phoenix Linz and in the form of an exhibition “Appearance a question” at Anton Bruckner Private University Linz.
The project has evolved into an interactive solo performance "Bitch, a perception" (prev. titled L-INKED), a site-specific duet series "The Transcription" (working title), public discussions and panel discussions under the title “How to define a sexual being”.
The project was also presented in an exhibition-setting titled “Appearance, a question!”, which took place as a final showcase for the research I did under the course “Performance Theory”, led by Helmut Ploebst. The research topic was influenced by the art work “Pregnant Shoe”, 1976 by Birgit Juergenssen, which was displayed during the exhibition “Raben Mütter” at Lentos Kunstmuseum in 2016.
There is an online survey related to the project:
You can find the online survey here