Evening of dance at University Heart Centre

Evening of dance at University Heart Centre
Nirmala Seshadri.

SINGAPORE - Singapore-based dancers Nirmala Seshadri and Neewin Hershall will stage an outdoor performance at the National University Heart Centre, Singapore's (NUHCS) Sculpture Garden on Feb 12 and 13.

Their performance, called I Carry Your Heart, will feature bharatanatyam and the Japanese dance theatre form Butoh. It is open to NUHCS patients and the public.

The duo (below) conceptualised their performance as a response to the stone sculptures in the garden. These were created by Singapore's celebrated multidisciplinary artist Dr Tan Swie Hian, who was inspired by the E.E. Cummings poem of the same name, I Carry Your Heart.

Said Ms Seshadri: "The moment I walked into the Sculpture Garden, I felt inspired to respond to the setting through movement." She added that the performance explores the concepts of memory and time and is a portrayal of human love and its relationship with art and nature.

Ms Seshadri, who has received the prestigious Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council, is also the founder and artistic director of N Dance & Yoga, a company that focuses on research and experimentation in dance and somatic practices.

Mr Hershall, a graduate of Indian dance institution Kalakshetra, teaches dance in Singapore at Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society. He is also the resident performer and choreographer at Bhaskar's Arts Academy.

The duo's experimental work Crossroads was performed internationally from 2003 to 2008 and received much critical acclaim. They will be accompanied by Butoh artiste Syv Bruzeau and musicians Samuel Wong, Vishnu Veluri and Johnny Chia.

The performance is one that sculptor Dr Tan is looking forward to. "In the metaphor of Michelangelo, Nirmala and Neewin are dance devas hidden in the granite blocks and with I Carry Your Heart, they emerge from the sculptures to create a moving poem," he said.

NUHCS director Associate Professor Tan Huay Cheem said he appreciated the artistes' effort to share their art at the heart centre. "This is the first time we are bringing a cross-cultural interdisciplinary dance performance to the NUHCS for our patients and public viewing. We hope they will find this dance performance rejuvenating, as well as therapeutic."

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