Frédéric Lombard and Surjit Nongmeikapam
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.
Production assistant Anushree Mathuria
This film was created at: The Yellow Line Project 2011
Conceived and organized by The Gati Dance Forum, New Delhi
Pro Helvetia- Swiss Arts Council
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Ministry of Culture
The British Council
South East Dance
Meeto Memorial Award
Facilitated by: Liz Aggiss, Sonia Khurana & Joe Murray
Special thanks to: Mandeep, Anusha, Doel, Karolin and Fabian
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).
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.
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.