Chennai-based up to date dancer-choreographer Preethi Athreya speaks about her newest work carried out within the particles of a half-renovated, deserted home
You describe your work within the movie, ‘And certainly there shall be time…’, as a dialog between house, time and matter. What moved you to create this work?
Within the brief span of six months, social distancing has left its mark on our our bodies. We’ve got turn into suspicious of our personal fingers, anxious about what now we have touched, the place now we have leaned or sat, or who has handed by inside a foot from us. Feeling alienated from our bodily selves, I needed to ask what it means to maneuver by way of house, to companion with surfaces and objects, to maneuver round individuals with out touching them, to really feel their concern and shrinking… this movie has been a small intervention in time, to maybe ‘contact’ what isn’t but.
Inform us in regards to the house the place this work was created
It’s a home in the course of renovation. The invitation to ‘stroll by way of’ this web site got here to me from Prakriti Basis. The location had been deserted, with tell-tale indicators of exercise suspended halfway — scaffolding, cement, instruments and private belongings like slippers and bottles. The movie was shot as an impromptu response to the house — an in-between house, in an in-between time and, as such, an indication of the instances we’re all inhabiting.
The situations for the creation of artwork have radically modified up to now few months. What does it imply so that you can be an artiste in these instances and the way has this discovered its approach into this piece?
In a method, the movie medium permits a way of the timeless to make its approach into the expression (I thank my colleague Sharan Devkar Shankar for his work right here) and it could maybe be a solution to replicate the paradox and alter. However apart from the piece itself, I discover myself continuously occupied with the query of what it means to be a practitioner in these instances. One of the devastating modifications I see is in concerning the humanities as non-essential within the face of illness, starvation and dying — situations that existed earlier than the pandemic. Artistes in most international locations are confronted with a denial of the humanities as related and in want of state assist and public patronage. Whereas a number of on-line platforms have proliferated, I maintain pricey the knowledge that we can not substitute the function and energy of dwell efficiency in connecting individuals and therapeutic a nation’s psyche.
The title of the piece is gorgeous, and I’m curious to find out about its provenance
The title ‘And certainly there shall be time…’ is a line from T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock.’ Written on the flip of the twentieth century, the poem spoke of alienation, isolation and the diminishing energy of authority… uncanny the way it pertains to the instances we dwell in. And what of artwork? What of the staggering duties that artwork is charged with? I dare say artwork can not change the world… however a altering world can definitely profit from the follow of artwork. A nation with out its artistes is a nation that has stopped dreaming.
You had mentioned that the completion of the piece left in you a void. But when certainly there shall be time, what knowledge would you prefer to share?
Maybe it’s to do with the instances – this sense of hanging within the air, untethered to any actuality, that usually leaves me (and little doubt many others) unable to ascribe worth or a way of function to our ‘output’ as artistes. All of it appears to vanish right into a black gap. Nonetheless, it quickly happens to me that now we have at all times been engaged in that which is unquantifiable… and that maybe it’s meant for not simply artistes however all of humanity to stick with this uncertainty and cope with the unknown some time longer and never be in haste to ‘repair’ a world that serves our pursuits as soon as extra.
‘And certainly there shall be time…’ was filmed by photographer and film-maker Sharan Devkar Shankar and facilitated by Prakriti Basis. The movie is accessible on YouTube.
The interviewer is a professor
of Anthropology, IIT Madras.