Meet the FACETS Resident of 2017
Meghna Bhardwaj was the Inlaks resident at FACETS 2017, an international residency programme hosted by the Attakkalari Center for Movement Arts. The month long residency enabled Meghna to further develop her dance practice while allowing her to collaborate with dancers from around the world.
As her residency came to and end we invited Meghna to share her experiences with us.
I have learnt a lot during Facets 2017. I think its learning that makes the best form of experience. The work I created during the program, titled ‘Edges (beginnings)’ happens to be third in an ongoing series of short works with the same title. This series first came into inception two years ago at my first residency, the Gati Summer Dance Residency 2015.
I have two precious findings from Facets. One is the idea of this work, the beauty and strength of cracks and damages, a concept I find very empowering for me to carry on with life from here on. The second is my conversations with other artists. One being Marcel Zaes, a wonderful artist who composed the music as well as edited the film for this work. He gave me a better word for ‘collaborator’, the word is ‘friend’. The other artist who impacted my experience is Young Sun Kong, my fellow resident and very caring roommate who inspired me towards ideas I want to explore in future, those being the idea of ‘continuity’ as against ‘cracks’.
As I sit to write this, Facets 2017 as an experience feels complete, memorable, and absolutely worthwhile at this stage of my career. I am excited for the future!