Astad Deboo wip
work in process sharing Malmö Sweden

An Evening with Astad 


“An Evening with Astad” deals with ideas of dance history and archive between two continents. As dramaturg Kate Elswit puts it:
"The (Rani/Astad) duet is a biographical dance. But it is not just the biography of one of the two performers, Astad Deboo, as narrated in dialogue with the other Rani Nair; it is also a biography of contemporary Indian dance. 
The rehearsal process works through a combination of interview, movement, and reflection, to excavate and curate a series of possible scenarios, and the ultimate selection that is shared differs from night to night. 
What happens onstage is an intimate look at a spectacular performance artist—“I’ll let you in on a trade secret,” Astad promises—that at the same time offers glimpses of a much larger-scale history that has yet to be written.”


Supported by
Swedish Arts Council
The International Dance Programme/The Swedish Arts Grants committee
Embassy of India Stockholm

Photo: Amit Kumar