Sooraj Subramaniam

Double bill: nimbus & Pallavi

STUK with 30CC as part of Indialogue

In the solo nimbus, Subramaniam seeks a hybrid dance language in which he mixes the harmony and elegance of classical Indian dance styles with the abstract and spontaneous of contemporary dance. In this solo, he depicts the human capacity to dream. From everyday fantasies to existential life expectations and the inner conflicts involved. The title of the work refers to the Latin word for a dark, amorphous cloud, a metaphor for the world of feelings the maker wants to evoke.

In the new creation Pallavi, he explores the scope of the Odissi dance language with five Indian dancers. Through contemporary methods, he breaks open this classic East Indian dance style and presents it in a new contemporary context. In Sanskrit, the word Pallavi means as much as "budding" or "blossoming". Subramaniam therefore views this work as a seed germinating and growing into a multiple ecosystem. Starting from the minimalism and simplicity of a single movement, this performance unfolds and de-duplicates into a network of complex patterns and kaleidoscopic motifs.

Sooraj Subramaniam is an Australian-Belgian dancer and choreographer of Malay-Indian origin. He has a background in classical Indian dance styles like Bharatanatyam and Odissi, as well as ballet and contemporary dance. He places his creations in diverse identities, with a strong emphasis on poetic styles and choreographic examples from Indian dance. His work is not overtly political, but tries to transcend narrow labels such as classical or urban, traditional or contemporary, and/or just stand in the middle of them.

This evening is part of Indialogue, a two-year festival in Ghent and Leuven dedicated to dialogue and exchange with the Indian art world. - -


nimbus | concept, choreography and dance Sooraj Subramaniam | music Osama Abdulrasol | light design Sooraj Subramaniam | costume Greta Lemaitre | dramaturgic advice Avatara Ayuso, Seeta Patel | residencies Mestizo Arts Platform, Kopergietery, Viernulvier, Danspunt, Minard | production Maghenta | with the support of Stad Gent, Vlaamse Overheid, Sangam, Dancehouse Melbourne | photo Tom Decuyper | pallavi | concept and choreography Sooraj Subramaniam | dance Abhayalakshmi MB, Monami Nandy, Sriradha Paul, Akshiti Roychowdhury | music Ambi Subramaniam | rhythms Shivshankar Satpathy | production Maghenta | co-production Shoonya (Bangalore, India) | residencies STUK, Danspunt | with the support f Stad Gent
Fri 24 Nov 2023 20:00


  • Dirk Boutslaan 62
  • 3000 Leuven


€ 20/16