Mapping memories through dance in ”˜Tukre’




From 29th April to 2nd May, FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present the contemporary dance work, Tukre’, that explores how cultural lineage can be communicated and shared through objects and movement.

Tukre’  (meaning pieces  in Hindi) will see Raghav Handa, an Australian choreographer and dancer of Indian heritage, create a memory map of his ancestry through music and dance.

Raghav uses family heirlooms including silver glasses and a diamond necklace to evoke the traditions of his family and explore how rites of passage transcend borders. By dancing with these objects, Raghav gives the audience a chance to look at the tangibility of his family history; passing on memories and sharing a piece of history.

The movements throughout the piece are inspired in part by Raghav’s grandfathers, jewel-makers who spent their lives cutting, shaving and shining precious stones. These ”˜faceting’ techniques are replicated throughout the choreography.

“My objective with this work was to keep their craft alive through my own artistry. I am an artisan, just like my ancestors, only working instead with my movement,” explained Raghav.

Through his movement, which combines delicate masculinity with speed and precision, Raghav intends to uncover how history is passed down  through his ancestor’s objects. The performance is an exploration of the connections between our past, present and future as well as the importance of family ”“ even when they are thousands of kilometres away.


Dates: Wednesday 29 April to Saturday 2 May 2015

Times: 8pm daily. 12.30pm on Friday 1 May

Tickets: Adult $35 / Concession $28

Venue: Riverside Theatres – corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta

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Instruments and artefacts belong to Artisans Mr. Muni Lal Handa and Mr. Mohan Lal Mahendru

Tukre’ was developed through 2013 Kickstart program for the 2014 Next Wave Festival. The initial presentation was supported by The Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, DANCEHOUSE, UNSW and Sydney University.

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