Delhi Workshop and Performance Day


announcement by Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art FICA in collaboration with Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, GATI Dance Forum & Swissnex India presents

‘Body Temperature’ by Swiss performance artist Dorothea Rust
Workshop and performance-day by Swiss performance artist Dorothea Rust in collaboration with Indian artists Smitha Cariappa and Suresh Kumar


Dorothea Rust returns to India to further her research with performance artists and participate in a live-art performance in New Delhi this December. Dorothea was in Bangalore, India in 2011 to be part of LIVE ART FESTIVAL BANGALORE. The specific of this collaboration and exchange is to enhance engagement and development of skills and collaboration in performance art practice.

The workshop at GATI Dance Forum will focus on performance studies and will include discussions on strategies and practices in performance art with examples from the art/performance canon and from contemporary works. Indian artists Smitha Cariappa and Suresh Kumar will join Dorothea Rust in presenting different performative approaches, tendencies and the scenes in Switzerland and India (e.g. research about documentation, festivals, competitions, initiatives in off-spaces) The participants of the workshop will indulge in performance-practice and awareness explorations in preparation for the performance 'Body-Temperature' for the Delhi-Performance-Day. Sessions will include developing body concepts, codes and strategies and reflecting on our relationship with space, environment, neighborhood and city.

Tentative list of performers at 'Body-Temperature' for the Delhi-Performance-Day on 11 December 2013 at Khirki Village, New Delhi includes: Aishwarya Sultania (Delhi) • Dorothea Rust (Zürich /Switzerland) • Dimple Shah (Bangalore) • Inder Salim (Delhi) • Manas Acharya (Kolkata) • Monica Nanjunda (Bangalore/Hydrabad) • Pinak Banik from Kolkata • Shweta Bhattad (Nagpur) • Smitha Cariappa (Bangalore) • Sushil Kumar (Delhi) • Suresh Kumar (Bangalore) • WALA collective (Delhi) • Students from the Delhi workshop.