Embodied Language: Andrea Cusumano – Mithu Sen
with Giuseppe Lomeo and P. Vetri Boopathy
Curated by Eugenio Viola
Monday, 16th January 2017 @ 6:30 pm
India International Centre, New Delhi
C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium
40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi
Free entry. Seating on first come first served basis
Embodied Language is a collaborative project developed between Italian and Indian artists that uses the polysemous value of nonverbal communication as a platform to connect different verbal languages. They will also experiment with a spontaneous and imaginary dream language presented through a visual and performative practice as a resistance in search of a new medium of communication. In this performance, the artists emphasize the use of nonverbal/ body language, and its intelligence and memory, as a privileged approach to human communication, in order to go beyond the issues of incommunicability in contemporary society, often connected with an upsurge of intolerance and discrimination, at every level, as we sadly experience in our everyday lives.
The result is a cross-eyed look that emerges from the characteristics of a double vision which, by crossing the scene, gives rise to an action comprised of reverberations, interactions and contrasts where body language, once again, returns to being symbolic, a receptor of connectivity that becomes a means of social, political and cultural exchange.
Andrea Cusumano: Currently City Councillor of Culture in Palermo, he is an eclectic artist and scholar, working with different media: painting, sculpture, installation and performance. He also works as a theatre director, stage designer, and chief conductor of Hermann Nitsch’s O.M.Theatre Orchestra. He teaches at Goldsmiths College-University of London and is external examiner at the American University of Athens and at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Giuseppe Lomeo: He has dedicated his working life to researching sound and music as dramaturgical materials within a wide range of contexts: theatre, cinema, dance, performance art and architecture. He has worked as a composer as well as a performer in a number of international festivals.
Mithu Sen: Sen‘s practice stems from a conceptual and interactive drawing background that has extended into drawing, video, sculpture, installation, poetry, sound and performance. Her journey critiques subtle hierarchical codes and hegemony imposed in the society (sexual, political, regional, emotional or lingual). She has extensively exhibited worldwide in a number of institutions.
- Vetri Boopathy: He hails from a hereditary family of famous musicians from Kumbakonam, Nachiar Kovil (Tamil Nadu). He is a distinguished Mridangam player of Delhi and is a Staff Percussionist of the Music Department, National School of Drama, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India since 2002. He has been the music director for theatre productions & worked with eminent music directors of theatre.
For any further info, please contact:
Italian Embassy Cultural Centre