Nutkhut have been commissioned by London based Certain Blacks to create 3 x 4 minute dance films for the Newham Unlocked Festival on 15 and 16 August 2020.
Saans (Breath) by Ajay Chhabra, takes us through 3 stages of a woman’s life.
Through the footsteps of a child, we enter a world of joy and playfulness in one of London’s oldest outdoor markets, Queens Market, to a world of peace and memory.
The film will premier as part of this unique online festival to a global audience and feature Sujata Banerjee, the UK’s foremost leading Kathak dancer and choreographer.
The theme ‘Dance like Nobody is Watching’ will absorb CCTV footage into the narrative for each film.
Newham Unlocked is an action-packed weekend of exciting dance showcases featuring talented performers popping up in everyday locations and streamed online, courtesy of Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz and Newham Council.
Mayor Fiaz added: “We will work with a range of partners that already contribute to Newham’s cultural offer, as well as those that will be locating in Newham in the coming years. By 2022 some of the world’s leading arts and cultural institutions will be at the heart of London’s brand new cultural destination, East Bank at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will include BBC music studios, a Sadler’s Wells dance theatre, the London College of Fashion and a new Victoria & Albert museum.
Ajay Chhabra, writer and director of the film said, “It’s an honour and privilege to create a short film in London’s much treasured, Queens Market, a place that I’m familiar with since childhood. The memories of shopping here as a child with my mother come flooding in”.
Saans by Nutkhut pays homage to the disproportionate numbers from South Asian communities, who have lost their lives as a direct result of Covid-19.
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