How do I look?

A summary of Padmini Chettur’s expansion of her statement, “To get the dancer to lose ego has been a particular part of my work since I began.”


“Perhaps ego is too big a word. After years of a narcissistic practice that engages the self-image of the dancer in a certain way, how do you engage the in between spaces and manifest your energy in a collective manner? To send energy into collective spaces is in some sense the work we started to do with Chandralekha. Basically, how do you stop bothering about what you look like?

To develop this, I set very precise exercises for my dancers to work the material they have to perform. I also found it useful to do as a soloist in space. The solitary body in space has as much potential to invoke the nine dancers (you see in Crawlimal 3).”