Sunita Asnani

Tanz, Performance & Facilitation

 

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about.

I am a movement artist with a background in social science. I live and work in Bern, Switzerland with my husband and partner Chris Lechner. I am interested in combining social questions with artistic research. How do we create collective perspectives, cultures and identities? How does it show physically? What is beauty? How do we design ourselves and the world? How does the body think and communicate? What is the social component of dreaming? How do we create sense with our senses?

 

Performance and Installation

 

 Table Conversations #1 (2012) in New Delhi as the opener of the contemporary dance festival IGNITE

 

Windows 2013 at Documentary Arts Asia in Chang Mai

 

Glass Auge (2016) as part of our residency in Kettenreaktion ArtCampus Attisholz

 Table conversations #2 (2016) at unwrap the present, PROGR Bern

A Brief History of Horizontality" (2016) in collaboration with Shaunak Sen at PROGR Bern.

"Looking Glass" und "Mon trésor" (2017) at FIM, Unternehmen Mitte Basel.

Canopy of Love (2017) performed in Paris, Musée Guimet, in the exposition space of Jayashree Chakravarty

 

"Reise zum Ursprung" (2017) in a collective brought together by Oleg Kaufmann, performed at Kulturnacht Solothurn.

"Table Conversations #3"(2018) at Beta Stage Festival at Effinger Coworking Space, Bern.

 

 

"Effinger Coworking Space 3D" (2018) - a new format of storytelling together with Matthias Tobler at the Jahrestagung iafob. We combined speech, movement, graphic design and video. 

"Cooperation vs. Collaboration" (2019) - a speech about our learnings at Brownbag, Effinger Coworking Space.

"Fair Fashion Show" (2019) - the catwalk as an Event that installs fashion, models and dancers in Kraftwerk Zürich.

"Tuning Scores" (2019) - a blind trio in instant composition at Progr Jubiläum Bern.

"A beginning" (2019) - a dance performance and installation in an abandoned house in the country side of Aargau.

Social Work and Innovation 

 

2010 - 2016, HEKS Bern: counselor, facilitator, project co-leader of three programs offering language and social integrations courses and counseling. I was responsible for the management of around 1000 clients a year and more than 65 employees. 

 

2016 - now, Powercoders: social lead and counsel for this IT Start-up for refugees, consisting of a coding course and the integration of refugees in the IT work field. 

2017 - now, Effinger Coworking Spacemember of the room administration team.

2018 - now: coach, consultant, internal and external expert for various social start ups or innovative projects, such as Powercoders international"Inclusion", HEKS, Studio Clash and Singa Factory.

 

Art processes with groups Together with Chris Lechner I am developing art and movement processes for various groups. The format is a hybrid between workshop and performance. Our aim is to make our work accessible as an art and learning experience for people and groups with diverse professional and personal backgrounds.

Social Dreaming 

 

Here we explore physical and social aspects of dreaming. How does the body remember dreams? Why do we feel strangely familiar with other people's dreams? We draw upon the matrix that opens up when we share dreams in a collective.

We have developed and tested this process since 2015 with people from the field of innovation and leadership in Switzerland and last facilitated this process as an art event at BETA Festival 2019. Get an impression here. 

Table Conversations #3 

 

was originally a dance piece. Out of the wish to let the audience participate in our silent conversations we developed a hybrid between performance, audience participation and installation, together with Sandra Chatterjee.

 

We have facilitated this process with various groups in Switzerland and Germany. Get an impression on this work here and here

Repetition is change

Together with the musician Andi Otto we have been leading an interdisciplinary Toolbox week at HKB for art students since 2016. We examine Mimesis, Mimikry and Camouflage as artistic strategies through a combination of movement, theoretical inputs as well as practical investigation.

The composition of Now

Since May 2018 Chris and I lead regular movement workshops on Lisa Nelson's Tuning Scores in Switzerland. Check for dates on www.art-meets-you.com

 

My Educational Background

India - Switzerland I was born 1979 in Switzerland. My parents are both from India. I grew up in two cultures, that are opposite in many ways - the Swiss and the Indian.

 

Dance and music From the age of five until eighteen I passionately followed a classical ballet training three times a week. At the age of thirteen I started singing in various music bands, from Hip Hop to Soul and Funk. At the age of 20 I travelled to India and stayed for three years to study Kathak Dance and North Indian Classical singing. I then got introduced to  Contact Improvisation and New Dance. The approach to dance as an improvisation and community event has  had a strong influence on me. Back in Switzerland I studied, performed and taught Contact Improvisation, Argentinian Tango, New Dance/ Improvisation next ten years in Europe, USA and Argentina.

Since 2012 I have been studying various contemporary dance techniques and developing my own movement language.

 

Education I studied and completed my MA in science of religions and sociology at the University of Zürich. At the same time I started my education as a specialist in adult education and acquired the “eidgenössischen Fachausweis Ausbilderin”.

 

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