• Dance

because i love the diversity (this micro-attitude, we all have it)

Showing on Jan 29-31

Playing at Performance Works

Triple exposure photo collage of Rakesh Sukesh. His face and bare torso are painted with geometric black and white shapes. In each of the three poses his arms are in the air, with head looking upwards. The background is pale purple and blue fog.

Rakesh Sukesh (India, Belgium)

Based in Belgium, Indian born choreographer and dancer Rakesh Sukesh performs and teaches across Europe. In 2019, a random encounter with a camera on the streets of Tallinn, Estonia made him a momentary poster-boy for a right wing news channel’s campaign against immigration from Asia and Africa. 

In “because i love the diversity” Rakesh uses his responsive, human-centred choreographic approach to interrogate the rendering of his image into a viral, racist symbol. He traces the effects on his own body, and how they affect his connection to other bodies — those of the mostly white, deeply loving people around him.

Funded by PuSh Festival, ROPA, Tictac Art Centre, Ultima Vez

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Artist Bio

Rakesh Sukesh

Rakesh Suresh was born in Kerala, India, and grew up under the influence of yogic practice. A one-time Bollywood dancer, Suresh has also been trained in Kalaripayattu, an Indian martial art. Among other achievements, he has developed a movement method, called IntAct, and worked around the world as a choreographer and performer.


Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver


  • January 29 at 7:30
  • January 30 at 7:30
  • January 31 at 7:30

Post-show talkback: Jan 30

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ASL Interpretation on Jan 31


Concept/choreography/performer Rakesh Sukesh Writer/dramaturgic adviser Marcus Yussef Dramaturgy/Aesthetic Adviser/Choreographic Assistant: Alessia Luna Wyes Music Pol Sinus Costume Mat Voorter