Do You Want Me to Stay for Anything in Particular?

2019

in collaboration with Sujay Saple and Mitsuaki Matsumoto 

Do You Want Me To Stay For Anything In Particular? is a concert of sound, and of movement. Irreverent towards harmony and melody, both musician and dancer wade through a haunting terrain of carefully fragmented silences, spasms of sound, darknesses, and absences. Music is not always the driving force and the dancing body is not always the centrepiece. Together, the two performers invert the notion of a concert, inviting the listener to also see and the spectator to also listen.

The work has been crafted from a series of abstract ‘scores’ that are constructed to evoke absence and loss. These are musical scores, visual scores and choreographic scores – all inter-dependent and born of each other. With a formal construction/de-construction of absence, the work proposes that the quiet and unseen happenings might be the ones that last.

Choreography: Sujay Saple and Poorna Swami
Performance: Mitsuaki Matsumoto and Mallika Singh
Original score: Mitsuaki Matsumoto
Dramaturgy: Poorna Swami
Set and Light Design: Sujay Saple
Lights operation: Ajay Nair
Production Management: Samrat Chandanshive

A Shapeshift production. Supported by Japan Foundation India and G5A Foundation For
Contemporary Culture.