Once upon a time... in a faraway land... it happened, did not happen, could have happened.

Once upon a time… in a faraway land… it happened… did not happen… could have happened.

NTY is an international collaboration between UK award-winning Bharatanatyam artist Seeta Patel and Australian choreographer Lina Limosani. This work blends the classical Indian dance form and contemporary dance in a striking, intelligent and engaging evisceration of ‘pretty’ and ‘suitable’ historical stories.

Blending techniques from Bharatanatyam, contemporary dance and theatre this award winning work creates a poetic narrative that has the beauty and disquiet of a Grimm’s fairy-tale. With striking imagery, it’s a one-woman show which subversively co-opts whitewashing against itself. A theatrical piece where the story unfolds through movement, dance and music with a continuous poetic and evocative narration. This accessible show blurs the lines between dance and theatre with a story that aligns perfectly with our Australian history.

The inspiration stems from concerns that revisionist and airbrushed histories have become a central issue of tension throughout the world. History is being dressed up to make a more readily acceptable narrative for us to consume to the detriment of diverse voices being heard. NTY speaks openly and directly about colonialism but as a clever visual/performative metaphor.


Venue Format
Theatre, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
A, B
Touring Party
3
Considerations

Presenters interested in culturally diverse and multidisciplinary, original and out of the ordinary work, that pushes the envelope but is highly accessible with a narrative.

Medium sized venues are ideal, however, NTY works well in a space where an intimate environment can be created, provided technical elements can be achieved. Venues are required to have fixed rigging point in the grid. Lighting plan is adaptable.

Performance area of 7m wide by 7m deep with 6.5m clear height beneath lighting bars. Height is negotiable, but must be more than 4.0m clear height. A lower trim height will affect details of the lighting spec.

Black dance floor preferred. Doesnt need to be sprung wooden floor but concrete is problematic. Black Gauze or full blacks upstage or back wall of theatre if clean black surface.
Black wing masking to mask booms on stage and a pulley operator DSL if no wing space.

Led by performing artist Lina Limosani, Limosaniprojekts is a project-based contemporary dance company devoted to the development of unique performance concepts, international collaborations and the appreciation and understanding of dance and the performing arts. By creating and building a reputation for dance that is exciting, thought-provoking and accessible, limosaniprojekts aims to continue to build relationships with existing and potential audiences and act as an advocate for the field of dance. With strong beliefs in the collaborative process, all dancers contribute to the creation of movement that is energetic, theatrical and technically demanding, contributing to performance work of the highest calibre.

Limosani has been creating work since 2002 and working with Lee-Anne Donnolley of Far and Away Productions as Producer since 2015.

Limosani received a Triennial Project Grant from Arts SA for The Spinners which has allowed the project to carefully be planned in stages. The Australia Council supported the first creative development in Adelaide as part of Australian Dance Theatre's Enhancement Program. Stage two supported by Creative Scotland and resulted in a showing at Dance Base Edinburgh, and a showing in Adelaide supported by Adelaide Festival Centre's inSpace program. The Spinner has it's world premier July 11-13th 2018 Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.


Company Website
limosaniprojekts.com

Unique Selling Point

An accessible dance theatre work for the general public. It's politically current, but not overtly political. A story that fits perfectly with our Australian history - its relevant and subject matter important. It's accessible and appealing form means it has the potential to reach a wide and diverse audience. It demonstrates how contemporary dance can deliver highly physicalised storytelling with fantastical visual imagery that is accessible to all audiences.

Marketing Materials

Marketing package includes: Promotional and Vox Pop videos, cast and creative interviews, media release, biographies, hi-res production and marketing images, reviews, press, interviews.

We have been collecting articles dealing with the theme and examples of whitewashing both historically and in present day. Collated into an extensive online catalogue, these articles are available freely to the public.

NTY won two Adelaide Fringe Awards - the Graham Smith Peace Foundation Award and the Bank SA Best In Dance Award. The work is also undertaking a UK tour later this year and into 2019.

Community Engagement

We have designed a number of bespoke workshop and masterclasses that are available alongside the performances. These include:

  • Bharatanatyam Taster Workshops
  • Creative Dance/Choreographic Bharatanatyam Workshops
  • Rhythm vocal percussion workshops
  • Contemporary dance and choreographic workshop

A short demonstration of the work along with a discussion about the making of the show along with a deeper conversation about the whitewashing of history. This proved invaluable prior to our last season as this conversation was a chance for the public to engage in an important geo-political conversation of this decade. In light of Brexit and the election of Trump it is more important now than at any time since the 1960s for the voices and perspectives of a diversity of people to be heard, considered and acknowledged as valid within the pluralistic society we say we want. In our recent performance seasons this proved to attract audiences from a number of different demographics and a valuable insight into the work.

If schedule permits, Seeta can offer short performances of traditional Bharatanatyam Classical Indian dance which can be performed in various outlets as a means to introduce audiences to the genre.

Pop-Up performances to promote the show and engage with local communities.