Sunya refers to the fundamental paradox of being, of language, of movement – the movement of exile, the movement of art-hybridization.
This November, The Cultch Theatre and Diwali Fest have partnered up to present Sunya, a performance that celebrates an individual’s spiritual journey through melding a number of art forms; contemporary dance, Persian-inspired music, and interactive real-time video.
The drive behind the production is memory. The amalgamation of memories from different communities and points of view. What happens when two artists, a choreographer and a composer, each at the crossroads of cultures, join forces? Starting from both nothing and everything they are made of?
Roger Sinha, Indo-Armenian dancer and choreographer, leads the cast of four dancers, along with Kiya Tabassian, a sound designer, and video artist. The entire crew has crafted what should be not only a unique, but innovative artistic experience.
As a choreographer Sinha merges contemporary dance and storytelling with martial arts, new technologies, digital performance, spoken word and traditional southern Indian dances. Sinha Danse’s mission is to continually break boundaries and forge new creative paths by incorporating new media such as film, interactive technologies, and sound, all of which is perfectly conveyed in the production of Sunya.
“Sunya is a fusion of cultures, genres, and artist impulses,” says Heather Redfern, Executive Director of The Cultch. “The musicians and dancers riff off each other, creating an intense and dynamic physical and musical dialogue. The staging is beautiful, featuring vivid colours and patterns created with lights, movement, and sound. Sunya is a feast for all of the senses. It takes you to a place of great spirit.”