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Frenemies by Navtej Johar - The O.P.E.N., part of SIFA 2015


Thu Jul 2 2015, 8:00pm–9:00pm
Fri Jul 3 2015, 8:00pm–9:00pm
Sat Jul 4 2015, 8:00pm–9:00pm

Where: 72-13, 7213 Mohamed Sultan Rd, Clarke Quay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $35.00
  • Discounted ticket for students, NSFs and seniors aged 55 and above: $31.50
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: rachel5

A passionate dance duet filled with filled with liquid movement, performed by Navtej Johar and Lokesh Bharadwaj, Frenemies is about the search for song, and the tug-of-war between love and hate, within the confines of the physical body. Unlike the overt virtuosic physicalisation of Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance, Frenemies focuses on the internal landscape of the body.

The work is created and performed through exploring the context of Bharatanatyam amongst temple dancers or 'devadasis' in South India, and courtesans or 'tawaifs' in North India. This sensuous performance is based loosely on the sinister plot of French dramatist Jean Genet’s “The Maids”, in which two domestic servants conduct sadomasochistic role-playing rituals
while their mistress is away.

Through the dialectic between the harsh realities of the housemaids’ world and the no-holds-barred love narratives of Johar’s ‘pleasure women’, this production seeks to arrive ultimately at a state of emptiness in the material body, embedded as it is with emotional triggers. Frenemies is about a lick, a bite, a jab, a sting, a sigh and a song, all rolled into one!

There will also be an Artist Talk by Navtej Johar on 4 July, 12nn - 1.30pm, at the same venue.

Navtej Johar is a multi-talented artist whose choreographic work draws on the varied movement vocabularies of yoga, Bharatanatyam and physical theatre. Johar will talk about challenging the boundaries between the traditional and the contemporary in class, gender and culture in his bold and dazzling works.