Nandita Shankardass, Mithun Gill and Preetha Narayanan

I am here and there, with you

This work explores expressions of individuality, the dynamics of partnership and the support and comfort we can offer each other, when we are close and even through the distance when we are far from each other.
In reconnecting with ourselves we can source and empower courage and hope within, and in coming together, we can meet and find what we search for in another, reflected back to us. Individuality and interdependence merge to create balance and flow to guide and restore energy between us in our relationships.

Choreographed and performed by Nandita Shankardass & Mithun Gill
Music composed and performed by Preetha Narayanan.

Nandita Shankardass is a performing artist, choreographer, facilitator and educator and the founder of Welcome Movement®. She is Clore emerging leader, an artist in residence at Rambert Dance and a Ballet Futures facilitator with English National Ballet. Trained at The Royal Ballet School, Nandita has performed with Zürcher Ballet, Victor Ullate Ballet, Ballet Black, Scottish Ballet and Compañia Nacional de Danza, Sujata Banerjee Dance Company, Just Us Dance Theatre, Vidya Patel, Beeja Dance and Kadam Dance in a range of classical and contemporary repertoire. She has choreographed for the Zürcher Junior Ballet, Ballet Black, as a Young Choreographer for Compañia Nacional de Danza, for the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards, The Place as well as her own solo and ensemble works and dance films. Nandita has performed at venues such as The Royal Opera House, Sadlers Wells, Kings Place, Southbank Centre, The Place and has performed and led workshops for public event days at Tate Modern, National Gallery and William Morris Gallery. She has collaborated on projects with Sadlers Wells, Fabula Collective and Joss Arnott Dance. Nandita founded Welcome Movement® to generate wellbeing, stimulate creativity and empower freedom of expression through movement and dance for individuals, organisations and communities and has led classes and workshops across the U.K, Europe and Asia and assists artists from different disciplines with movement direction and dramaturgy. She forms part of the EDI working group for Dancers Career Development and is a member of the Artists Advisory Group for Without Walls Consortium. Nandita is continually driven by care, compassion, creativity and connectivity in her creative processes and in the participatory experiences she guides and facilitates. 

Mithun Gill is a dance artist specialising in Kathak and Contemporary dance forms. He has a unique performance quality where Kathak allows him to explore rhythm and musicality whilst contemporary movement offers him a range of dynamics allowing his body to find it’s own style. Mithun has performed in a range of works with Sujata Banerjee Dance Company, Shristi Dance Creations, Springs Dance Company, Hawk Dance Theatre, Akram Khan, Chandenie Gobardhan and Gary Clarke. Current works include “I am here and there, with you” co-choreographed with Nandita Shankardass, “You with U” premiered at Resolution 2023, co-choreographed with Tulani Kayani Skeef and Aishani Ghosh and “Pravaas” an outdoor promenade work commissioned as part of Without Walls and Akademi, choreographed by Vidya Patel.

Preetha Narayanan is a violinist, composer, and educator with a unique musical story that crosses countries, cultures, and genres. Merging Western and Indian Classical training with a wide range of influences from her collaborations, she is sought after for her unique and distinctive sound. Preetha has performed internationally with notable artists including Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Soumik Datta and Kae Tempest, amongst others. She is also co-founder of two exciting and genre-defying ensembles, Balladeste and Quest Ensemble.


Photos: Vipul Sangoi