A Multitude of Drops emerges from performance research and extended workshops investigating the climate crisis and artistic responses to it. The Sundarbans in south Bengal are experiencing rising sea-levels, salinity, cyclones, and unplanned development. This creates displacement of every kind –people, cultures, and ecologies. Cyprus is projected to face temperature increase, decline in rainfall, and desertification. Water gives life, but also takes it away. The climate crisis is a fallout of lifestyles we are unwilling to change. This piece’s structure and process shares artistic work from process to performance, without needing to tour a whole company – thereby reducing carbon footprint. It proposes a new perspective on artistic ownership. Each version of the work adds co-creators and stakeholders to a growing collective, encouraging responsibility within the process of ourselves and others, as well as of the ecologies which support us and the planet we call home.
Vikram Iyengar: concept and direction
Vikram is an arts leader and connector based in Calcutta, India and working internationally. A dancer-choreographer, arts writer, and curator-presenter, his scope of work spans practice, discourse, critique and management, and revolves around the central tenet of creating deep connections with and through the arts.
Lav Kanoi: researcher, performer and creative collaborator
Lav is an interdisciplinary academic currently undertaking doctoral research at Yale University jointly in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Environment. He is also drawn equally to text and performance, and has previously published creative and scholarly translations across classical and contemporary languages.
Vicky Long : researcher and creative collaborator
Vicky is a multi-disciplinary artist, interested in how cultural practice can affect and effect change. Her studio practice – studiolong.co.uk – is based in Vauxhall, London. It sets out to make surprising, life affirming work, creating installations, environments and telling stories in unusual spaces.
Maria Hadjimichael is a scholar – activist and a research fellow at the University of Cyprus focusing on the fields of political ecology (including urban), environmental politics and governance of the Commons. The main focus of her research are the sea and the coastline.