Aditi Mangaldas presents
Oct 13 & 14, 2023 London
Photo Credit: Von Fox Promotions, UK, 2022
May 12, 2023
FORBIDDEN | Contemporary Dance based on Kathak
A solo performance by Aditi Mangaldas
Why is the world scared of female sexual desire? Why are women the world over, from conservative as well as liberal societies; sanctioned, judged, controlled, hounded and eventually punished to have the courage to own their desire? Why?
Concept, Choreography and Dance: Aditi Mangaldas
Dramaturge: Farooq Chaudhry
Light Design: Michael Hulls
Music Composition (Recorded): Nickie Wells
Costume Design: Kimie Nakano
Mentor: Morag Deyes
Commissioned by: Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - The Drishtikon Dance Foundation
National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, India
Sadler's Wells, London, UK
Duration: Approx. 1 hour
The Official Trailer
13th & 14th October 2023
Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK (main stage)
"It is important as artistes that we share with the world subjects that consume us, burn us and that have become a part of our breath. We have to have the courage to talk about things that are uncomfortable, that may be taboo, to dance and choreograph works that may not be part of our traditional inherited repertoire. We need to have the courage to dance our own dance.
My new work FORBIDDEN asks the difficult question, why is the world scared of female sexual desire? Why are women the world over, from conservative as well as liberal societies; sanctioned, judged, controlled, hounded and eventually punished to have the courage to own their desire? FORBIDDEN has been realised after months of discussions, debates, troughs and peaks, not to mention the grueling rehearsals, where each collaborator added layer upon layer to the work, till I found myself immersed in it. Stories from across the globe become the underground stream that nourishes FORBIDDEN."
- Aditi Mangaldas
"I feel very excited about what Aditi Mangaldas is doing in the studio for her new solo FORBIDDEN. It has a brilliant balance of ideas that are very personal, very detailed and intimate and big thematic bold gestures and I think her background in Indian classical Kathak lends itself very well to this kind of subject matter. And as well this subject FORBIDDEN does demand her to be audacious and bold in her thinking and her development of her choreography."
- FAROOQ CHAUDHRY | Dramaturge
"It is an astonishing piece of work by an astonishing artiste who has courage, intelligence and a huge amount of talent and an open mind and an open heart. It's going to be amazing."
- MORAG DEYES | Mentor
"This piece explores such powerful themes of reclaiming ownership of self identity and particularly femininity which Aditi explores both through vulnerability and power. And there is this element of contrast with darkness and light which I am really enjoying to explore musically."
- NICKIE WELLS | Music Composition