Following his visit to Swiss Dance Days 2019 at Lausanne, dancer/choreographer Surjit Nongmeikapam will soon be on a research residency at Kaserne Basel from 17 June to 5 July 2019. Kaserne Basel is the largest centre in north-west Switzerland for the free contemporary theatre, dance and performance scene, and for innovative popular music.
Surjit Nongmeikapam, the founder and artistic director of Nachom Arts Foundation is an Imphal-based choreographer and mover. He was trained in traditional Indian dance and martial art forms before developing an interest in interdisciplinary arts and experimental works. His notable works include “OneVoice”, a solo piece shown at Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Zurich in 2013. Nongmeikapam is also a co-founder of Arts and Imphal, an upcoming international contemporary arts festival in Imphal, Manipur.
During this residency, Surjit aims to create a new contemporary performance that reflects memories of his childhood and the myriad corporeal and philosophical approaches that have influenced his creative practice. Although its deeply rooted in Manipuri culture, Surjit seeks to find a hybrid physical movement during this residency that transcends cultural boundaries.