Janis is currently in Kolkata, India to work with Vikram Iyengar, Ruchira Das and co at The Pickle Factory from 7-25 February.

The Pickle Factory has invited Janis to import the idea of POP-UP Duets, but not the product, re-imagining it in and for an Indian context working with Indian dancers drawing from the forms they are trained in. Janis will work for two weeks with a group of kathak-trained dancers from Calcutta companies Ranan and Rhythmosaic, introducing them to improvisation and partnering techniques that underlie POP-UP Duets. This exchange between dancers from two completely different contexts, histories, physical understandings and assumptions will hopefully create areas of overlap, friction and discovery that familiarity cannot uncover. Improvisations developed during the period will pop-up in various venues across the city for The Pickle Factory’s inaugural season.

“The invitation to re-imagine POP-UP Duets within a new and unfamiliar context is almost as terrifying as it is exciting. The work is deeply rooted in specific and detailed processes based in a unique system of partnering improvisation that will be totally new to the Indian dancers. Classical Indian kathak dance is a form totally unfamiliar to me. Together we will share in trainings and use the improvisation processes to allow new material to emerge.” – Janis Claxton

Thanks to British Council Scotland & Creative Scotland for support.