This site specific performance was an encounter between Indian classical dance and the most celebrated surviving artworks of the Italian High Renaissance. Anusha performed infront of two of Raphael’s monumental biblical scenes interpreting and drawing out the stories and characters and enabling the audience to find new life in the painting. Performed in the Raphael Gallery at the V&A during the ‘Encounters’ Exhibition, 2004. These cartoon were painted by Raphael to make into tapestries for the Vatican.
Colour Contact was a competitive multi-media dance performance commissioned by the Museum of London for the London Voices exhibition, 2004. Colour Contact explores the city of London and its present history through the eyes of its inhabitants. It draws upon the memories and voices of all those who live work and visit here. These voices were drawn from the oral history archive of the museum of London. It was performed at the Museum of London, Brent Brent Cross shopping centre, Southwark Tube Station and the Ealing Mela. Colour Contact was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Colour Contact is now regular part of Museum of London’s I am a Londoner project. Beeja runs a performance workshop with a school group visiting the museum to explore concepts of identity, belonging, community and engagement in multi-cultural London.
Milk White Ocean is a Hindu creation myth. Beeja collaborated with the Wonderful Beast Theatre Company to create the work, which was first presented in the Nehru Gallery at the V&A. The work was subsequently re-chreographed and performed in venues across London and a dries of shows in the main hall of the Natural History Museum.
Deepam combines bharatanatyam with spoken text and poetry. It depicts some of the main episodes from the Ramayana: birth of Rama and his brothers; his exile from Kosala; attempted seduction of Rama and Lakshmana by the demoness Surpnakha, which results in her losing her nose; abduction of Sita by Ravana, Surpnakha’s brother, who wants revenge; Rama’s alliance with money king Sugriva and his general Hanuman who flies to Lanka to find Sita; the killing of Ravana and Rama’s triumphant return to Ayodhya.
Deepam was first performed at Wimbledon theatre and toured Devon.