choogh choogh

choogh choogh

All aboard for a delightful train journey through India.

Experience the sights, sounds and smells evoked through South Asian dance, music and theatre; and meet some amazing characters along the way.

Recommended age: 0-7 years, families and train and travel lovers
Duration 25 mins + stay and play

choogh choogh is a performance work inspired by the joy for travelling through India on a train. It combines classical Indian dance with contemporary movement, theatre and play, sharing with audiences a world full of colour, invention and flow. The journey starts with the audience getting a special choogh choogh ticket. Three artists weave a traveling tapestry with three scarves, morphing from one scene to the next as the sights, sounds and smells whiz by. The sound scape is rich with the sounds of the train, hawkers, festivals, musicians, ambient sounds of river, jungles and cities. The artists sing songs which are specially written for children – Chai Chai, Coffee Coffee and Kites Kites everywhere. They interact with the audience, engaging their imagination. Scarves become steam, railway tracks, turbans, train windows, camel, elephant and so much more. It is a journey where audience experience world inside the train, through the train and outside it. Along the way the ticket gets checked, imaginary food is sold and shared, among other interactions. This show is an exploration of just how much we can see and imagine, together, as the train chooghs chooghs on.

Please email us if you’d like to know more about presenting the work.

Art in Action 14

Art in Action 14

Anusha performed twice at Art in Action 2014. Art in Action was “Inspired by the simple principle that people are fascinated when artists and craftsmen openly demonstrate their skills and discuss their work.” Anusha performed a selection of classical pieces. In one of the shows she performed with her friend Sushmita Gosh. Sushmita is one of the finest exponents of Kathak. She was also the Director of the Kathak Kendra, New Delhi.

Been There Done That Still Moving

Been There Done That Still Moving

Been There Done That Still Moving!

Been There Done That Still Moving! from Suffolk Artlink on Vimeo.

Been there done that still moving!

Suffolk Artlink’s partnership project with DanceEast

‘Been there done that still moving!’ is an inspirational dance film made by three Suffolk groups working with dancer and choreographer Anusha Subramanyam. The groups also worked with poet Michael Laskey to inspire memories, musician Sylvia Hallett and film makers Damian Evans and Heather Eddington towards the film and live performance.

Anusha and dance artists Lucy Blazheva and Mary Davies worked with the groups to bring their memories to life through dance and movement. The film transports the audience through beautifully crafted movement; the soundtrack includes original music and people recalling significant stories from their lives.

The film along with a performance took place at the Jerwood DanceHouse in April 2013, family and friends along with members of the public were able to share in the uplifting afternoon of dance.

The film is being distributed to exercise leaders and groups of people living in sheltered housing, residential homes or attending day centers, inspiring new and creative ways of engaging in exercise and movement.