The Kamshet Project is a hard-hitting piece of dance theatre, that explores the
darker side of human nature. The production has an unusual and provacative
genesis: the members of PAARA, the artistic unit of the Terence Lewis
Contemporary Dance Company (TLCDC) were taken on a week’s residency
excursion to a sylvan location, just outside the overcrowded metropolis of
Mumbai. There they were placed under virtual house arrest and separated from
all social distractions and technological devices. They spent their days
workshopping with practitioners from varied and esoteric disciplines – a
Mandala artist, a psychic tarot reader, a hypnotist and a counsellor. The dancers
delved deep in their own psyches, examining and pulling apart their very DNA.
The result was an explosion of primeval energy. With their freedom taken away,
the dancers made themselves vulnerable to the cellular memories of their past:
hidden desires, suppressed feelings and old wounds surfaced; animalistic and
tribal instincts were unleashed. At the start of the show, the audience is induced
into a semi-hypnotic state, allowing them to tap into their own suppressed alter-
egos. The performance then progresses in a hurricane arc of conflict, confessions
and finally resolution.
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