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Underline

Film by

Frédéric Lombard and Surjit Nongmeikapam

 

Cinematography/Editor

Frédéric Lombard

 

Choreographer/Performer

Surjit Nongmeikapam

Sound Designer

Samrat B


Music

Piano Magic

To Be Swished/Dream Of The UPS Driver
All words and music by Glen A Johnson

 

About the Film
One line of tension revealing an unallocated and fragmented landscape, which will slowly charge a body with all of the energy it contains.

Underline

Other Credits
Production assistant Anushree Mathuria
This film was created at: The Yellow Line Project 2011
Conceived and organized by The Gati Dance Forum, New Delhi

 

Supported by:

Pro Helvetia- Swiss Arts Council
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Ministry of Culture
Japan Foundation
The British Council
South East Dance
Bharat Forge
Meeto Memorial Award

Facilitated by: Liz Aggiss, Sonia Khurana & Joe Murray
Special thanks to: Mandeep, Anusha, Doel, Karolin and Fabian

Biographies

Underline_Choreographer_ Director Headshot_Surjit Nongmeikapam

Surjit Nongmeikapam, Choreographer/Performer

Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bonbon) is an Imphal, Manipur-based choreographer and performing artist. He started his dance career when he was 24 years old. He was trained in traditional Indian forms before developing an interest in interdisciplinary arts and experimental works. He did his B.A. Choreography from Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography. He is one of the few dancers and choreographers in Manipur to engage with contemporary dance forms and seek to promote their development beyond the traditional Manipur culture. He is also an award-winning (PECDA) choreographer for his pieces Nerves (2014) and Folktale (2016).

Underline_Cinematographer_Director Headshot_Frédéric Lombard

Frédéric Lombard, Cinematography/Editor

Frédéric Lombard is a french videographer. He studied fine arts in France and cinema in Chile.

 

He created video dance films, worked as director of photography for documentaries and fiction, and worked as a light designer for contemporary theater.

Director’s Note


Between 19 and 28 October, 2011, the resultant five short collaborative films from the Yellow Line Project were screened outdoors in and around New Delhi, in Bengali Market, Connaught Place, Khan Market, Nehru Place, Hauz Khas Village, Greater Kailash II market, and Alaknanda market.

 

During the blind date, Swiss filmmaker Frederic Lombard and Indian choreographer Surjit Nongmeikapam took to a leafy quad near Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station to create Underline. We called our dance Underline because the train goes under a line like the train moves. Underline is a yellow line project in a Residency in Delhi. Swiss filmmaker Frederick Lombard shot me performing at Nizamuddin Railway station. We choose the station out of three public spaces. We read the atmosphere and depicted the activity happening there. People thought we were mad. We were surrounded by iron rods. I became like a train and tried to balance with the sound of the steel friction from the running train. The camera collected our story.

 

The Yellow Line Project’s dance films that initially took shape in specific locations in the city, engaged with the city’s wider architecture and introduced a larger audience to the world of contemporary performance.