In Dancing Girl, Sujata Goel presents a fictional character version of herself, a mythical doll‐like figure who reveals herself and continually morphs―from broken doll to beautiful doll to dancing doll to a lonely doll―finally disappearing completely and returning to a dormant invisible state. To create Dancing Girl, Goel clinically mapped out her physical and psychological behaviors by documenting her qualities, moods, gestures, habits, and movement patterns in order to experience herself as data, as information that could be manipulated and reorganized to take on new meanings. Dancing Girl depicts a performer who seeks to step outside of her body and confront the image of herself.
Sujata Goel is a dancer trained in classical Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance. She graduated from Kalakshetra (Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts) in 2001 and worked with Chennai‐based choreographer Padmini Chettur from 2002 to 2004. She continued her training in contemporary dance at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. After she graduated, she was an artist‐in‐residence at WP Zimmer, where she produced three works: Lady, Disco Dancer, and Nightlife. Dancing Girl was created with support from the Indian Foundation of the Arts and a research and production residency at the Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Arts Research in Pondicherry, India.
Concept, Performance and Choreography: Sujata Goel
Sound: ‘Over the Edges’ by Andrew Chalk
Costume: Tabasheer Zutshi
Light: Yap Seok Hui
Production: Tang Fu Kuen
Tour Technical Manager: Steve Kwek/ ARTFACTORY
Residency and Financial Support: Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Arts Research, IFA