'Blue Fire' was a one of a kind event which featured art, dance, and poetry by one artist. The performance included pieces inspired by poetry, the publication of her poetry collection 'Snatches of Sunshine' which included the images of paintings, which were in turn exhibited in a 3-day exhibition. Presented by Leela Galleria in association with 'Limelite', the event recieved great appreciation for its unique approach. August 2011, Bangalore.
Anvi has been the artist in residence with various Institutions and companies, which include a merit scholarship at the Art Students' League of New York (2012) which enabled her to seek guidance from artists including Gary Sussman, Hans Witchi, Mark Safan, and Grace Knowlton; a performance residency with INCA UK (International Network for Culture and Arts) at the lush countryside of Winscombe (Somerset, England) which culminated in a performance at the Battersea Barge in London; and at the North Western Oklahoma State University, USA. These have given her ample scope to create new work and reach out to a wider and varied audience.
"As the body moves, uninhibited, what goes on in the mind? Is it still ? Does it move with the body? Or does it move to its own rhythm ? What colours and forms permeate it, deep within the layers of the dancer's consciousness? Do the melodies of different ragas influence it as much as they do the body or as much as the dancer thinks they do? Or is it completely still, chanelling all its vibrations to support the constantly moving body? More a personal quest, 'WITHIN' is my attempt to understand and visually articulate the often incomprehensible images/moods/feels of the mind that I encounter while dancing. Inspired completely by Raga Revathi. Also featuring 3 pieces from the traditional Bharathanatyam repertoire, each one representing a different style of painting - the Narrative genre; Romanticism and Expressionism; Surrealism; and the Abstract." (Created at the Art Students' League of New York, USA, March 2012.)
Ship of Fools
'Ship of Fools' is an immersive Dance Theatre project of INCA UK. Anvi was one of 13 dancers/actors chosen to perform in this production which explored the themes of social exclusion, taking Michel Foucault's 'Madness and Civilization' as the starting point and interpreting it to the modern day context. It was developed in an intensive two week residency at Somerset, and the Immersive Theatre piece was premiered at the Battersea Barge in London. (December 2013 - January 2014).
Dancer/Artist -in - Residence, NWOSU (USA)
In October 2014, Anvi was invited as the dancer and artist in residence at the North Western State University by Prof. Jave Yoshimoto (Dir. of the residency program). During the month she gave talks about Indian Classical Dance to the Art History students as well as interacted with them through critique sessions. She presented solos for the Art faculty headed by Dr. Irene Messoloras, for the Art and Life class students headed by Dr. Ken Kelsey, for the Choir and Musical Theatre students, for the participants of the annual pageant, and for a private reception of the senior citizens. She even had honor of dancing at the First Presbyterian Church as a Cultural offering after Sunday Mass. The residency culminated with a group show at the Graceful Arts Centre for the Friday Art Walks. (October 2014).
'UNDISSOLVED - The Presence of Absence' - During her MA Fine Art course, Anvi organised and curated an interdisciplinary exhibition involving visual artists from her course and the MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy students from Goldsmiths' University, London. Shown at the Cookhouse Gallery at Chelsea College of Arts, the event showcased, paintings, sculpture, performance pieces, video works, and an open 'Dance Dialogues' session. July, 2014.
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WORKSHOPSWorkshops and Lec-dems in Bharathanatyam in various schools/colleges (Bangalore).
Body canvas uses color psychology, Visual Language, and poetry to explore movement responses. It uses various creative and interpretative tasks to help the body to connect completely with the mind and the emotions. Designed for dancers and theater artists, it was developed during the 'Ship of Fools' residency.