"Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots." - Rumi
Inspired by the notes 'Reason for Living'.
Would you like to enter humanity? That's a choice you din't get unlike the choices we have created for everything else shaping up humanity. Processes, programs, parameters and propaganda assure the passage of time that you know everything eventually leads to point zero. So how far are you willing to go through the passage to find point zero again? Have we come too far already?
“ Nagdev's choreography left me squirming in my chair through the act and rankled a long time later with the questions it raises. This marriage of art and social responsibility which forces you to reflect proactively and do something. ”
- Yogesh Pawar, DNA
“ Full of metaphors & Layers with intense precision and discipline throughout. The music kept me engaged as well. Like Dhrut, a very juxtaposition end which I absolutely loved. The exceptional lighting design added to it even more ”
- Raell Padamsee (Theatre Exponent)
“ Extremely innovative with superb dancers . What interested me the most was their concept on the futuristic unknown journey of human race and also the treatment of it had many subtle suggestions that were thought provoking. Rarely do I see an Indian contemporary dance where it has not obviously branched out of a classical form and Jan Jaati had very interesting elements of mime and Martha Graham style of dance in his production. ”
- Daksha Mashruwala (Odissi Exponent)
“ Sumeet Nagdev's infectious energy reflects in his work. With Jan Jaati we also get to see a more perceptive choreographer who delves deeper into the human psyche and explores relationship dynamics. The production further exemplifies his ability to seamlessly intersperse Indian tradition in contemporary dance vocabulary ”
- Uma Dogra (Kathak Exponent)
“ Sometimes when you watch a performance, you are either entertained by the artists, or left in wonder by artistry or provoked by the topic and it's depiction or simply moved. Well i must say, I happily felt all of the above. The strong and agile dancers were immersed in the complex characters they played and performed with great conviction. I feel it's the genius vision, choreography and direction of Mr Sumeet, that beautifully and creatively etched out a very complicated but poignant reality of our existence in today's world. It entertained, amused but also forced you take a moment and reflect. ”
- Bertwin D'souza (Aladdin Musical Choreographer)
“ A very intriguing work created with deliberation and intent. Pieces that stood out for me was the trio at the table which was a peek into the essence of corporate culture and cut throat competition. The fantastic choreography with excellent group dynamics kept the audience entertained while revealing uncomfortable truths from our day to day interactions. Congratulations to the three magnificient dancers and to the choreographer Sumeet. Great work ”
Premiere: 28th April 2017; St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Mumbai
Knowledge with anxiety, wisdom with wickedness, and power with smugness transpire the choreography ‘Dashanan’. Inspired by
Ramayana’s mythological figure Ravana (depicted as demon), Dashanan – the 10-headed journeys through ten distinct ideologies of Ravana imagined in the present that contretemps himself against the backdrop of a successful failure. The movement vocabulary is a mix of Graham inspired physicality and Yakshagana, an Indian traditional theatre form that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make up and stage techniques.
Premiere: 12th Feb 2017 Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai
Trishna takes deep inspiration from the conversations over inequality of women in the Indian Society over the past decade or so. Sexual divide has been historically a part of most cultures of the world although India relies majorly on its cultural history in its reasoning over this decadence of socialism. Trishna delves into a deeper insight at these social elements but from the point of view of women in society at large. From domestic spaces to public spaces, the production delves into finding 'How do we look at women?' The production is designed by reconstructing experiences of a domestic helper and her husband (name undisclosed on request).
“ I empathized with myself ”
- Abuse Victim (Name undisclosed on request)
“ Society will realize the need to respect women in India ”
Premiere: 13th Feb 2016; Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai
What if forward and backward time travel was to be visualized in a three-dimensional space? Delving into the fascinating concept of time dilation, “Dhrut” portrays the intricate relationship between time, space and speed. A sync between rapid movement vocabulary and musicality - Dhrut highlights the individual impact of pace, rhythm and motion on movement to culminate into an emulsion of the three.
As ‘Past’, ‘Present’, and ‘Future’ douse themselves in a debate set-up by the constant ‘Time’, the elements of percussive music, drastic rhythm changes and reverse choreography bring the concept of ‘time transition through space’ to life.
Blazing Bajirao - The Musical is an extraordinary representation of the fact that love is true and beyond religions. Bajirao, the intrepid and heroic Maratha Peshwa who has battled hard to win every war he has fought, fights even harder to bring respect to his beloved Mastani, who is disliked by his wife Kashibai and other members of the Peshwa family. Despite the indifferences, and for the sake of her love for her husband, Kashibai finally accepts her husband's love for Mastani.
(Commericial work suitable for corporate Indian audience)