Trespassing Humanity

Raising funds to support marginalised communities in India
with Bhuvana Foundation & Sumanasa Foundation

 

Read about how to donate
on the GoFundMe page here.

 

Confronted with a tragic second wave of the pandemic, the current challenges that India is facing are critical. Whilst media coverage focuses on urban cities, the outbreak that is now spreading through villages and marginalised communities means that numbers are undocumented. Access to health care is complex and families in rural India are experiencing unbelievable hardships.

As an artist, it is so important to recognise the wider world of our community beyond the obvious industry circuit of performing artist. The creative spine of India offers the world unimaginable artistic wealth, and these stem from traditions that include hereditary temple musicians in villages, communities that work on hard labour erecting performances spaces for religious festivals, folklore artists and many more.

Thinking of these fellow artists who live under a system determined by caste and class, provokes a realisation of the devastating circumstances marginalised communities are experiencing in the wake of this crisis. We as artists, together with Anoushka Shankar and Nitin Sawhney, have found our voices in the diaspora drawing from the Indian creative spine, it’s impossible for us not to (in some capacity) do something as an offering to the creative soul of this country and its people.

We are joined by one of the most prolific artists from India today, Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna who himself has been actively immersed in creating awareness and raising funds to support marginalised communities through these challenging times. Together, we share a poetic offering of our works in an exclusive film.”

—  Mavin Khoo & Akram Khan
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As a way to thank you for your donation, you will receive a private link to watch the full-length dance and music film Trespassing Humanity, on Saturday 17 July 2021, 12pm BST.

In this poetic film, sitarist Anoushka Shankar plays a subtle piece with mridangam & tanpura; Mavin improvises a Bharatanatyam solo with four musicians (mridangam, vocals, nattuvangam, and flute); Nitin Sawhney plays two intimate pieces of his composition accompanied by tabla; Akram performs a classical kathak piece taken from his solo XENOS; whilst Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna gives a powerful interpretation of the Sanskrit mantra Om Tat Sat. To further embark you on the journey, we will also be sharing our personal memories of India between the performances. We’re so grateful to these artists who offered their time, heart and talent for this cause. The film was captured in the ever-beautiful Coronet Theatre in London that recalls the spirituality of Indian temples. We hope that this humble gathering and unique artistic collaboration, evokes within you the same deep connection and empathy we have for India.

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"The creative spine of India offers the world unimaginable artistic wealth, and these stem from traditions that include hereditary temple musicians in villages, communities that work on hard labour erecting performances spaces for religious festivals, folklore artists and many more."

Credits

A fundraising event initiated and curated by Mavin Khoo & Akram Khan
In collaboration with T.M. Krishna, Bhuvana Foundation & Sumanasa Foundation
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Anoushka Shankar
Raga Jogeshwari
(a raga created by Ravi Shankar) Alaap, Jod, Jhala
Mridangam Pirashanna Thevarajah
Tanpura Tulani Kayani-Skeef
Sound Engineer Julian Hepple

Mavin Khoo
Chaliye
Mridangam Pirashanna Thevarajah
Vocals Sharan Subramanian
Nattuvangam Divya Ravi
Flute Vijay Venkat

Nitin Sawhney CBE D.Mus.
Vidya and Prophesy
Tabla Aref Durvesh
Sound Engineer Harry Timson

Akram Khan
Excerpt of XENOS
Mridangam Pirashanna Thevarajah
Vocals Sharan Subramanian
Original Music Score and Sound Design Vincenzo Lamagna
Writer Jordan Tannahill

T.M. Krishna
Om Tat Sat
Sound and Visual Design Rithvik Raja
Lighting Design Murugan
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Film Director and Editor Maxime Dos
Director of Photography Daniel Landin
Assistant Director Ed Bellamy
Camera operator Jason Brooks
Camera operator Derrick Peters
Behind-the-scenes Chris Coello

Lighting Designer & Production Manager Richard Fagan
Sound Engineer Pete Thomas
Stage Manager Fiona Findlater
Stage Technician Marius Arnold-Clarke

Produced by Akram Khan Company
In partnership with The Coronet Theatre, London
Akram Khan Company Producers Céline Gaubert & Mavin Khoo
Artistic Director at The Coronet Theatre Anda Winters
Head of Production & Operations at The Coronet Theatre Andy McDonald

Special thanks to T.M. Krishna, Ramya Rajaraman, Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Anda Winters, Andy McDonald, Michael Glanville, Manon Janssens, Fiona Findlater, Jack McMahon, Isabel Tamen, Amy Sharkey, Nathan White, Mai Tassinari, Hannah Patel.

Trespassing Humanity the film Trailer

By Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity Trailer #1

by Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity featuring Anoushka Shankar

by Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity with Mavin Khoo

By Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity with Nitin Sawhney

By Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity with Akram Khan

By Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity | Anoushka Shankar and Mavin Khoo in conversation

By Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity | Excerpt of Anoushka Shankar's performance

By Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity | Excerpt of Mavin Khoo's performance

By Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity | Anoushka Shankar and Mavin Khoo in conversation Part II

By Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity | Excerpt of Nitin Sawhney's Performance

By Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity | Nitin Sawhney and Akram Khan in conversation

By Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity | Excerpt of Akram Khan's Performance

By Maxime Dos

Trespassing Humanity | Nitin Sawhney and Akram Khan in conversation Part II

By Maxime Dos

Behind the scenes

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