The Pickle Factory is a hub for the practice, discourse and presentation of dance and movement-based performance in Calcutta, housed in spaces converted for the arts.
The Pickle factory responds to the absence of spaces for discourse and development for dance in India, spaces where practitioners can
* explore and challenge their practice
* share and exchange ideas and values
* interact with current and potential audiences embracing and cutting across the many frictions of form, style, aesthetics and politics that divide rather than strengthen us.
The Pickle Factory will:
Provide regular performance opportunities for practitioners to experiment with and expand their body of work
Offer residencies, workshops and training involving local, national and international practitioners evolving a diversity of perspectives
Create and implement stimulating arts engagement programmes to develop interested and invested audiences
The inaugural season responds to four key words that lie at the core of the Pickle Factory – dance, movement, practice, discourse. We attempt to reflect on the wide variety that these four words actually capture, opening up how one can look at performance work originating from movement artists and the trained, moving, performing body. The programme locates itself in diverse lenses through which to view and perceive work, offering a pluralism of experience and expression.
Pickle Factory Season 1 comprises three elements:
A two-week residency
for professional dancers culminating in a series of public interventions, led by award winning choreographer from Edinburgh, Janis Claxton.
A fortnight-long exhibition
of installations and art works on the moving body in performance, along with several allied events. Contributors include Padmini Chettur, Victoria Long, Calcutta Instagrammers, the British Council, and Jadavpur University.
An eight-day festival
of performances, conversations, workshops and more, featuring the work of four internationally acclaimed Indian artists:
Padmini Chettur, Daminee Benny Basu, Preethi Athreya, Kapila Venu.
For more details and the full schedule please visit https://picklefactory.in/2017/12/10/pickle-factory-season/