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Actor and director

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Tuesday Tue, 25 Feb 2020



Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

What happens​ ​when the measure​ ​of matter becomes​ ​more important​ ​than matter itself? When measuring​ ​your body​ ​becomes more​ ​important than your body itself?​ ​When​ ​patriarchal measures limit​ ​your living connection to your body,​ ​your being, to what matters to you?

In this hour long, deeply quirky piece Anitha​ ​explores losing connection to the maternal​ ​matrix, complicated by the patriarchal drive​ ​towards ideal and perfection and finding her​ ​way back into the energies of the universal​ ​feminine via dreams, bodily experience and​ ​embodied writing.

What’s the Matter is a Guduguduppukari​ ​Production. 

About Guduguduppukari

The group was founded by Sunandha Raghunathan and Anitha Santhanam in 2015 to ‘create theatre out of a fully embodied exploration, including the personal and the political, intellect and emotion, rigour and play, form and content and actively facilitate a feminine exploration in the theatre space – both creation and conversation, without apology or obeisance to patriarchy. What’s the Matter is the groups third production after Mundhirikkotte and Bad Hindu.


Anitha Santhanam

Actor and director

Anitha Santhanam is a seasoned actor-dancer and director based in Bangalore and cofounder of the group Guduguduppukkari with over a decade of work in dance and theatre. She completed a three year training in physical theatre based on the Lecoq pedagogy at the London international school of performing arts (Lispa) on a scholarship from the Charles Wallace India trust. During her pedagogical year she worked under the guidance of Thomas Pratkki, the director of LISPA specialising in creating theatre processes that combined creativity and self development. Prior to that her movement training includes bharatanatyam, Yoga and Kalaripayattu and a diploma in choreography.

She worked for an international arts collective in the premiere of Herencia Espaniola for the be festival in Birmingham, July 2010. Anitha has conducted workshops in Germany, India and in the UK.  Her work includes both performance and direction with a special focus on creating theatre through the body using the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq. She is a two time awardee of the CWIT scholarship for artists, administered by the British council.

She is currently a faculty of Integral Theatre on the FECAT program at SMART, Bangalore. From 2010-2013 she was an artist-in-residence at the Srishti School of Design.

With creativity and self-exploration and expression as its core, her work spans performance, therapy and pedagogy.