Shanti Pillai & Marc Gomes

Shanti Pillai & Marc Gomes |  Artists, Third Space Performance Lab

Lecture: “To the Academy”: India, Theatre, and Cultural Politics

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Free and open to all
No tickets required

Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S Flower Street at 30th
Los Angeles 90007

Third Space Performance Lab creates collaborative projects that reside at the intersection of dance, theatre, and media.  Our work considers the possibilities of stories that straddle multiple languages, dialects, and cultural points of reference.  As two artists we represent different theatrical backgrounds, yet share a common interest in navigating the cusp between performance and everyday life.  Marc Gomes is a Guyanese born actor, teacher, and writer whose career encompasses the stage and leading roles in film and television.  Shanti Pillai is an Indian-American dancer, performance artist, and writer who teaches at universities in the US and Europe and has been making art in Havana, Cuba for ten years.  Together we explore principles drawn from traditional Indian performance to create a sense of intimacy and distance and to challenge assumptions about the relationship between performer and character.  We always look to find the strange in the familiar.