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FORM Dance Projects Presents Dance Bites 2015


Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 29 April - 02 May 2015

Tukre’, “pieces” in Hindi, explores how lineage and rites of passage transcend borders. Inspired by the contents of his luggage on arrival in Australia, Raghav creates a memory map of his heritage through music and dance. His movement, which combines delicate linear masculinity with speed and precision, is inspired in part by his grandfather, who as a jewel maker, spent his life “faceting” gems and diamonds – cutting, shaving and shining precious stones. By mapping memories, Raghav uncovers how history is passed down through bloodlines, frying pans and faceting techniques!

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 29 April 8pm
Thursday 30 April 8pm
Friday 1 May 12:30pm & 8pm
Saturday 2 May 8pm

FORM Riverside ArtsNSW

Choreographer and Performer:
Raghav Handa

Cultural Consultant and Performer:
Shashi Handa

Sound Design:
Lachlan Bostock

Lighting Design:
Clytie Smith

Martin del Amo

Stage/Production Manager:
Melinda Tyquin

Film and Projections:
Martin Fox

Costume Design:
Marissa Yeo
Pheonuh Callan

Shruti Ghosh

Stephanie Feher

Instruments and artefacts belong to Artisans Mr. Muni Lal Handa and Mr. Mohan Lal Mahendru


Raghav is an Australian choreographer and performer of Indian heritage with training in modern and Indigenous contemporary dance. As a choreographer, Raghav’ s vocabulary and movement style combine delicate masculinity with speed and precision.

In 2012, he choreographed his first solo work KumKum at PACT in Sydney and explored time manipulation using rhythmical movement patterns. His choreographic practice was supported in 2013 through: Kick Start (Next Wave), Space Residency (Ausdance NSW), Research Room Residency (Critical Path) and JUMP (Australia Council for the Arts). In 2014, Raghav choreographed and performed Tukre’, a personal reflection on the impact of lineage on our lives, at Dancehouse in Melbourne for the Next Wave Festival and at Metro Arts in Brisbane. He also obtained a new work development grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to develop his next major work The Shape-Shifter, which combines 3D motion capture technology with live performance. In 2015, Raghav will continue to develop The Shape-Shifter and will also work on the initial phase of his first ensemble work through Seed Residency at Strut Dance, Perth.

As a performer, Raghav has collaborated and performed with many leading Australian choreographers including Marilyn Miller, Vicki van Hout, Martin del Amo, Narelle Benjamin and Sue Healey. In 2015 Raghav will perform in Sue Healey’s On View during Melbourne’s Dance Massive and at Carriageworks in Sydney.

Tukre’ was developed through 2013 Kickstart program for the 2014 Next Wave Festival. The initial presentation was supported by The Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, DANCEHOUSE, UNSW and Sydney University.

Want to learn more about dance? FORM Dance Projects and Riverside have teamed up with Vicki Van Hout to present a series of pre-show talks throughout 2015. Join the Dance Circle and meet a group of like-minded people interested in the dance world. You will meet the choreographers and dancers, learn more about the companies, the performance and dance behind the scenes.

Admission is FREE – simply show your ticket to any of the performances in the season of each show.


Tukre’ – Raghav Handa
Saturday 2 May 2015
Arrive at 6:30pm for a 6:45pm start (duration 30 minutes)
The performance will commence at 8pm following the Dance Circle interview


Vicki Van Hout is a Wiradjuri descendant. Vicki is a graduate of NAISDA Dance College and the Martha Graham School Of Contemporary Dance, NYC. After graduating in NYC in 1993 Vicki returned to Australia to perform with Bangarra Dance Theatre. Wirad’journi was Vicki’s first full-length work, inspired by Wiradjuri kinship laws. She has choreographed for ATYP, Pulse8, NAISDA, WAAPA, the Helpmann Awards and Quantum Leap.

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