Choreographed by :Vishwakiran Nambi
Music Designed by: Gopu Krishnan
Costume Designed by: Shushma Nair
In the words of the choreographer,
“I have always had an ambiguous relationship with my religion. It is one I was born into but would I have chosen it? Life experiences defined by practices I don’t fully follow, customs I don’t completely understand. And I, made into a sum of these experiences and through it all the quest for fulfilment. If spirituality is the vessel of fulfilment, then religion held up high its alluring promise of guidance through the choppy waters. But for this safe passage, palms had to be crossed with an unquestioning and blind faith. A price that I was taught was just right and not to be bargained with.
Battling through the contradictions posed by my personal beliefs and the value system that is my inheritance. It felt like I had a choice to make – a choice between finding my place and my peace. Does adherence mean losing myself and rebellion – defying and denying my lineage? A paradox that the world itself seems to be grappling with today – not defined by nation, class or creed. I am trying to define for myself the tradition I want to be a part of and what it means to my ecosystem. It feels like I am in a no-man’s land – between my inherited beliefs and my independent ones – not defined by tradition but defined by what then? It can be lonely and bewildering at times but also strangely liberating. Maybe these paths converge to lead me out of the woods.
This journey and its peaks and valleys are what I have attempted to explore through the choreography. In my culture, walking on burning coals (or a pyre) is seen as a way to attain spiritual salvation / enlightenment. Physical trauma for spiritual liberation? A journey with me through my conflicts. “