DIG 21: Hemabharathy Palani | Salt and Sugar
Presented by Fuel
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Duration: 25 mins
Salt and Sugar is a new dance film by award-winning choreographer and dancer Hemabharathy Palani. The project was commissioned by Fuel, developed as a live performance with acclaimed director Hetain Patel, and adapted into a film with director JJ Abraham, with original music composed by Jasmin Kent Rodgman.
Salt and Sugar begins with a personal challenge: as she turns 40, Hema wants to get a six-pack. She begins training with her brother in his studio at her parents house and her sporadic visits home dressed in a salwar kameez transform into daily training sessions in t-shirt and track pants. This shift causes a revelation. One day when Hema arrives, her Mother is crying. Hema learns of an extraordinary event when she was a teenager that has unknowingly impacted her life.
Salt and Sugar looks at the complexities of Indian culture through classical Indian dance, spoken word, contemporary movement and cultural references. This striking new film explores feminism, family relationships and what it means to be an Indian woman today.
Audience Notes: Suitable for audiences aged 1+
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This is an advance screening of the film as a work-in-progress, with a final edit to be released later in 2022.
Image: JJ Abraham