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To Varnam… With Love

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Thursday 1 December 2022

7.30pm - 7.30pm


£10 / £8 concessions / Free for EHU Students


The Rose Theatre


Arts Centre


To Varnam… With Love

Thursday 1 December 7:30pm
Divya Kasturi presents
To Varnam…With Love

A story of unsettling timely relevance – about being separated from those we love. Obsession, devotion, commitment & rejection are untangled as exquisite performer Divya Kasturi reveals the ‘Varnam’; a pièce de résistance of the Bharatanatyam (classical South Asian dance) repertoire.

A story of love, devotion and commitment; to a god, to a myth, to a way of moving and being.

Set against a projections visual backdrop, this research places the Varnam, a ‘piece de resistance’ of a Bharatanatyam repertoire performance, within an ever-changing, fluid contemporary moment.

Personal & arresting, this dynamic tale attracts a breadth of audiences and captures artistic lineage, historical nostalgia & reverence for tradition via song, humour, dolls, projection & soul-soothing South Asian/Western choreography. 

Inspired by Saskia Kersenboom’s book ‘Word, Sound, Image’ (1995) and Chitra Sundaram’s performance ‘Moham – A Magnificent Obsession’ (2003). Created as part of The Place’s research and development programme Choreodrome 2017.

To Varnam… with Love was supported as part of Choreodrome 2017, The Place (London).

Research and development was funded by Arts Council England, and supported by The Place, Trestle Arts Base, Watford Palace Theatre and Akademi.

Tickets: £10 / £8 concessions
Free for EHU Students
Free for schools and colleges – contact [email protected] for group bookings

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