About Divya Ravi, Marta Guerra Doblas (dobladanza) and Matthew Howard

Abandhana by Divya Ravi

Abandhana (Pāli - Unfettered) is a solo dance immersion into heart-wrenching feminist voices in Therigāthā (Songs of Elder Buddhist Nuns), the earliest anthology of women’s writings from 6th century BCE.
Virtuosic Bharatanatyam movement vocabulary explores parallels in the struggles, trauma and choices of Theri-s (elder Buddhist Nuns) and present-day women. Live music incorporating complex percussive structures, Tibetan soundscapes and evocative pre-modern poetry is ambitiously woven into the choreographic narrative.
Abandhana hopes to be an artistic reminder of our potential to pursue agency and freedom, inspired by the single-mindedness of Theri-s to release fetters that held them back.

About The Artist

Divya Ravi is a Bharatanatyam performing artiste, choreographer and educator. Driven by a keen interest in translating the lyrical, the poetic and the abstract, into gestures, emotions and stories, Divya’s choreographic practice has culminated in critically acclaimed solo works presented to full houses and sold-out theatres in India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Hong Kong, UK and China. Backed by rigorous formative training in India for over 2 decades, Divya expands her solo practice in the UK, mentored by Mavin Khoo. She has worked with Akram Khan Company, Dance East, Akademi, SAMPAD, and is the Lead Tutor for CAT Yuva Gati.

Divya Ravi

Cast and Credits

Dancer / Choreographer: Divya Ravi
Music Composition / Vocals: Sharan Subramanian
Multi Percussions: Prathap Ramachandra
Resource Scholar: Suhas Mahesh

Manifiesta Marta Guerra Doblas - Dobladanza

"Manifiesta" is a journey into the very essence of what dance means to Gen Zs. It is an interactive contemporary dance piece, heavily influenced by urban styles and inspired by the vibrant world of "tiktok dance" culture that thrives among Gen Zs. The piece questions the purpose and utility of dance in the lives of the “lockdown” generation. It explores where dance finds its home now that we've moved into a digital space that seems to be much more valuable and profitable than the real world. "Manifiesta" opens conversations about identity, crafted personalities, authenticity, and the ever-evolving world of dance.

About The Artist

Dobladanza, founded in 2019 in Malaga, by Marta Guerra Doblas, is an emerging dance company based in London. Dobladanza aims to create dance that feels relatable to all audiences, with a special focus in supporting emerging dance artists and creatives. Dobladanza believes that dance is for every body, their work reclaims the many joys of movement and it aims to build safe spaces for all. With a full queer, Gen Z and international creative team, Dobladanza aims to provide the dance scene with a sense of novelty and innovation, voicing the interests and needs of the upcoming generation of dance artists.


Cast and Credits

Choreographer: Marta Guerra Doblas
Producer and Performer: Diana Sofia Oliveira
Performers: Madison Mckenna, Eoin Ó Fíannachta, Filipa Santos, Katariina Korsimaa, Marta Gimeno Nafria and Mafalda Neiva Leal
Light Designer: Mikkel Svak
Photographer: Ivana Dramisino
Dance Technique Trainer: Tom Timothy Yugen

Poem of Rua by Matthew Howard

Beyond the form and materiality.
Two bodies in unbroken motion, moving simultaneously through a contentious shifting landscape. A relationship forms between the performers as garments and movement come together to create a visual synergy. The performers are concealed by the costumes, which have become an extension of their original form and movement, hiding their true identity. A harmonious balance is created where two opposite cultures, bodies and languages meet, spiralling in a poetic duet. Rua is a visual representation of how two cultural movement identities can blend and become one, moving in harmony yet retaining their form.

About The Artist

Matthew Howard is a movement artist and costume designer working in the fields of theatre and fashion. As an artist Matthew is focused on investigating and exploring ways of concealing the human form through different design methods to enhance the performative body. Whether this is through the use of movement, costume/garments or other performative design methodologies. These ideas and forms of concealing the human form often take shape from the social, architectural and historical aspects of the cultures I have explored, mythology, and the natural world. Matthew completed his studies at Central Saint Martins, graduating from his MA in Performance Design and Practice.


Cast and Credits

Director and Designer: Matthew Howard
AV Designer: Amiangelika
Dramaturgy and Assistant: Carlota dos Santos
Assistant: Yağmur Taçar
Performers: Donna Kim and Harry Symington
Music: Magnus Westwell, Reworked by Panna Hyun