Traces is an abstract journey of human experience. Built through an extraordinary language of dance, ‘Traces‘ draws from personal incidents and explores rejection, abandonment and loss. Lost in circular time, Keshapurges herself of memory and re-traces the past, finding herself without form, floating in flux.
The body persistently tries to digest incident by regenerating its appearance and invites audiences to explore a vulnerable yet deep enquiry. The work’s nomadic nature and intention to dismiss and repel formal dance structures is explored through an intensive, cathartic process of eliminating and deconstructing layers of tradition.
Kesha is a British Asian Female dancer and choreographer. Her primary training is in Kathak under her mother, Priti Raithatha and Nilima Devi M.B.E. with whom she accomplished 6 National ISTD examinations. Since 2009, Kesha has divided her time between India and the UK training in Kathak, Contemporary, Kalari Payattu, and various Indian Folk forms whilst performing under prestigious and celebrated Indian Classical and Contemporary Dance Artists. She has performed at several prestigious events such as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle and choreographed for BBC television (My Asian Family- The Musical, a major documentary commission for BBC 4 as part of the Big British Asian Summer Season).
Kesha is also part of the first cohort of The Cultural Leadership Programme initiated by Curve theatre and ACE. The key incentives are to develop the skill, competency and creativity required for the 21st Century Cultural leader. Through this she is getting leadership mentoring from Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director ‘Sharon Watson’ and is undergoing a secondment at Sadlers Wells.
Kesha is extremely keen to utilise her position in the arts to generate a constant flow of creativity between Artists of both countries alongside making work that is relevant or even taboo to the current social and political climate.
‘It’s a self choreographed work, which is an awful phrase to describe something that is truly ground breaking.’
Co-produced by Curve Theatre with support from Phizzical.
Initial commisison by AKADEMI and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Supported by Arts Council England