Pune, this week: A dance tribute to LGBTQ+ women; making faux blue pottery painting; and more


As part of the webinar The Feminine Subject: A Self-Fashioning, Urvashi Butalia, author and editor at Zubaan Books, together with the participating artists of the exhibition (ME) (MORY), Bakula Nayak, examines topics of self-construction and female identity, Ruby Chishti, Anoli Perera, Rakhi Peswani and Faiza Butt. On February 25th at 5 p.m. Entry; Free. Contact: [email protected]; 011-24622545 / 24615368

Ready to read

Do you want some books and then another? The Pagdandi bookstore, in collaboration with Walking Bookfairs, is running a 2 + 1 sale on all books until stocks last. So if you buy two books you can get another one for free. Pagdandi is one of the liveliest bookstores in Pune, offering a selection from children’s literature to adult graphic novels, from classics to new titles. Address: Store No. 6, Regent Plaza Mall, Baner – Pashan Link Rd

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Feel blue

You will learn the art of painting faux blue ceramics in an online workshop that will use a recorded video from 3 p.m. on February 27 at Studio Artzone. Entry; Rs 350. Contact via WhatsApp: 9822254472

Back to the past

It’s play time for kids with some of the most interesting characters from ancient Greek. The UK-based Waterman’s Arts Center guides children and adults through the incredible array of Greek myths through performances of Pandora, Persephone, King Midas, Theseus and the Minotaur. These are staged by the director Ian Nicholson and the designer Sam Wilde on YouTube. Free entry.

Move with the world

Some of the best dancers in the world, from Akram Khan and Natalia Osipova to Shobana Jeyasingh, are now available on iPlayer as part of Dancing Nation, a three-part celebration of world-class dance featuring new works and crowd-pleasers from big-name artists and groundbreaking talent in ballet, Contemporary and hip hop. Jeyasingh, for example, explores the 1918 pandemic flu exploration in her play Contagion. Dancing Nation was recorded according to the UK government’s Covid safety guidelines. Until February 26th. Click on: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2021/dancing-nation/

Dance like a woman

New York based dancer, choreographer and actress Adriana Pierce will explore the different ways two women communicate and connect through a ballet piece that pays homage to LGBTQ + women and their stories. “When I talk to queer ballet dancers,” she says, “the biggest dream they (we) all have is to do pas de deux with other women. This is simply not a common practice in ballet choreography, and when it does it is generally only accomplished using the physical partnering codes already present in the ballet’s binary gender movement system. I want to create a duet for two women that takes into account their styles of movement, physique, emotionality and connection in a way that is not used or codified by the traditional technical ideals of ballet. I also think it’s imperative that the audience see real and thoughtful queer stories and relationships. “Pierce’s #QueertheBallet with Remy Young and Sierra Armstrong of the American Ballet Theater is a process performance that premieres on YouTube on February 25th and will run through February 28th. Entry: Free

Shadow play

A performance entitled Tholu Bommalata brings the traditional shadow theater tradition of Andhra Pradesh into an online performance. Tholu Bommalata refers to goat and sheepskin dolls designed and painted by artisans. They appear on the stage behind a white curtain, and the audience can only see the colored shadows, not the actual puppets with the help of a light source. The performance combines painting, music, dance, engraving, acting and narrative storytelling to create a captivating entertainer. On BookMyShow. Fees: Rs 30. Click https://in.bookmyshow.com/plays/tholu-bommalata/ET00305516

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