Under My Skin

Cutting across art and science to get to the heart of our experience and expectations of surgery, Under My Skin is the new work from Sadhana Dance.

Choreographed by Sadhana’s artistic director Subathra Subramaniam, working hand in hand with Professor Roger Kneebone (former trauma surgeon, now Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London) and her regular collaborators the composers and visual artists Kathy Hinde and Matthew Olden, and lighting designer Aideen Malone.

Exploring and evoking the unseen, unspoken practices of the operating theatre, Under My Skin opens a closed and clinical world to a wider public view. Drawing on Bharata Natyam technique and contemporary choreography, three highly-skilled performers invite the audience to share a rare insight into the operating theatre where intricate detail, perfect timing and precisely controlled exchanges are as important as they are in dance.

Drawing on Bharata Natyam technique and contemporary choreography, three highly-skilled performers invite the audience to share a rare insight into the operating theatre where intricate detail, perfectly timed exchanges and analytical spatial patterns challenge the traditional boundaries between clinical practice and dance.

The performance is preceded with various curated activities including surgical simulations alongside craft and clinical experts showcasing their relationship to surgery.

Each performance will be followed by a Cafe Scientifique where Quentin Cooper will chair a discussion between the artists and scientists involved in the show and the audience.

Co-commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West and ICIA Bath. Supported by Akademi, Dance 4, South East Dance, Buckinghamshire New University and Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.

Credits
Concept and Artistic Direction: Subathra Subramaniam
Choreography: Subathra Subramaniam from original movement material devised by dancers
Dancers: Archana Ballal, Gemma Bass-Williams and Carl Patrick
Rehearsal Director: Gwyn Emberton
Original Soundscore: Kathy Hinde and Matthew Olden
Dramaturgy and Poetry read by Chris Fogg
Poet:? Costume Design: Kate Rigby
Lighting Design: Aideen Malone
Surgical Collaborator: Professor Roger Kneebone
Cafe Scientifique: Quentin Cooper
Producer: Helen Holden
Poet: Allan Fisher
Musicians: Violin; Preetha Narayanan, Cello: Sarah Moody

 

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