Kamala Devam Company’s first full evening of work is an eclectic programme of world-class dance, film and music. The evening celebrates Devam’s new works Ankusha and Babushka vs. Renaissance Man, the multi-award winning dance film collaboration The Art of Defining Me, live music by composer Genevieve Crutchfield’s duo Harmony & the Bear, and more. Ankusha and Other Mysteries premiered at Rich Mix in East London on September 3, 2016.
Ankusha is the debut piece of Kamala Devam Company; a daring, athletic trio bringing together Bharata Natyam, acrobatic contemporary dance and physical theatre. It premiered at the Southbank Centre in Sept 2015 to critical acclaim. A Choreogata commission from Akademi South Asian Dance UK and created with additional support from Arts Council England, The Place and the University of East London. Ankusha was reworked this year for inclusion in the KDC evening Ankusha and Other Mysteries which premiered at Rich Mix on Sept 3, 2016.
Created by Devam on female popper Kamila Lewandowska, this piece is an investigation into the meeting points between the movement cultures of popping and kalaripayattu, a South Indian martial art. Created in partnership with the University of East London (UEL) dance degree placement programme and reworked with the support of Arts Council England to be included on the bill of Ankusha and Other Mysteries at Rich Mix on Sept 3, 2016.
Co-directed by Kamala Devam and producer Seeta Patel in collaboration with Director of Photography Maria Åkesson, this multi-award winning dance film takes a humorous look at how artists are influenced by the expectations and definitions placed upon them. Screened in over 15 film festivals worldwide to critical acclaim, The Art of Defining Me is featured in Ankusha and Other Mysteries, KDC’s first full-length evening of work.
This piece was the culmination of Devam’s lectureship on the Hybrid Forms module of the BA dance degree at the University of East London. Created on second year Dance: Urban Practice degree students, Devam developed a hybrid dance piece using the students’ previous knowledge of Bharata Natyam and Kalaripayattu in conversation with their specialisation in urban dance styles. The piece premiered at London’s Stratford Circus in Spring 2014.
Commissioned by the dance department of Devam’s alma mater San Francisco State University, she created The Shedding on the University Dance Theatre (UDT) company during her residency there in Spring 2015. The Shedding premiered at McKenna Theatre April 9-11th as part of the annual UDT dance concert “Return and Renew”, featuring original costumes and lighting designed by university students and faculty and an original composition commissioned from electronic Bay Area composer Raja Das.