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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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.
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
Single Tickets: $34
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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