because i love the diversity
(this micro-attitude, we have all it)
A random encounter with a camera on the streets of Tallinn, Estonia made choreographer and dancer Rakesh Sukesh a momentary poster boy for a right wing news channel’s campaign against immigration from Asia and Africa.
What happens to his body when it is rendered into a viral, racist symbol? How does it affect him, and his relationship to the mostly white, deeply loving artists and students he works with?
In because i love the diversity Rakesh tells the story of his own journey through the powerful semi-improvisational, trance- like movement technique that makes him such an in-demand teacher across the world.
What does it mean to make a performance about this for an art festival, which is part of a scene that has only very recently begun to show interest in his work, precisely because of the kind of racism he encountered in Tallinn?