Co-presented with Next Wave

In Tukre' (Pieces in Hindi), Australian choreographer and dancer Raghav Handa explores how cultural lineage and rites of passage transcend borders and oceans. Inspired by the contents of Handa's own luggage when he arrived in Australian from India to attend boarding school, this dance work explores the shifting connections between our past, present and future and the importance of family – even when they are thousands of kilometres away.

In this piece, Handa creates a memory map of his life and family heritage through music and dance. Using family heirlooms, which Handa will touch for the first time in this performance, he evokes the traditions and rituals of his family, including his mother's 19thcentury necklace and dazzling saris.

The movement which combines delicate linear masculinity with speed and precision, is also inspired by his grandfather's trade as a jewel-maker, who spent his life cutting, shaving and shining precious stones.  These jeweling techniques, known as faceting techniques, are replicated in Handa's choreography – from smelting gold to cutting gemstones. The result is a bold physicality comprising delicate curves with profound masculinity.

The objects presented in this work are unremarkable and commonplace, but they posses a sense of place and history thus creating a dialog between the object and the viewer. They also allow Handa to interact with his past in a very real way. By mapping memories, Handa intends to uncover how history is passed down  through bloodlines, frying pans and faceting techniques!

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Raghav is a contemporary dance artist with a background in modern and Australian indigenous contemporary dance. As a performer and collaborator, he has worked in Australia and overseas with many leading Australian choreographers including Marilyn Miller, Martin del Amo, Vicki van Hout, Narelle Benjamin and Sue Healey.

In 2012, Raghav choreographed his first solo work KumKum, which premiered at Freshly Squeezed (PACT). His choreographic practice was supported in 2013 through: Kick Start (Next Wave), Space Residency (Ausdance NSW), Research Room Residency (Critical Path) and JUMP (Australia Council for the Arts). 

As a choreographer, Raghav is developing his dance vocabulary and refining his movement style, which combines his Indian heritage with delicate linear masculinity, speed and precision.


Concept, Choreography and Performance – Raghav Handa
Cultural Consultant and Performer – Shashi Handa
Creative Consultant – Narelle Benjamin
Sound Design – Lachlan Bostock
Lighting Design – Daniel Anderson
Film and Projections – Martin Fox
Costume Design – Marissa Yeo and Pheonuh Callan
Singer – Shruti Ghosh
Cellist – Stephanie Feher

Kickstart development partner – Henrietta Baird

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



2/5 - 7.30pm
3/5 - 7.30pm
4/5 - 7.30pm

9/5 - 7.30pm
10/5 - 2pm & 7.30pm
11/5 - 7.30pm

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Tukre has been commissioned and developed through Next Wave's Kickstart program for Next Wave Festival 2014. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.