Koogu, the Kannada word for 'call' or 'shout', is a solo performance comprising of a series of vignettes based on real events, some that occurred in the performer's life a grandmother who considered dancing 'cheap', memories of a church choir, an attempt to run the marathon - all examined in the light of larger ideas of freedom, culture and tradition.
The performance was born out of a series of conversations between a Bangalore based performer, Anish Victor and Michel Casanovas, a dancer and choreographer from France. The dialogue revolved around the question 'what does one stand and fight for?' Employing a non-linear narrative - Koogu uses text, dance, sound, song and music in order to provide the audience fresh ways of sensing and engaging with performance. It shifts between the personal and general realms in an attempt to reveal that there may actually be no distinction between the two.
Performed to critical acclaim across Bangalore, Assam, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Pondicherry, Kerala, Mumbai, Pune and Nairobi in Kenya. It has performed across venues from living rooms, terraces, kitchens, office-spaces, basements and a Sal-tree forest in Assam besides performing at state of the art auditoria, at prestigious theatre festivals including an international festival in Kenya.
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