Sandeep Bhagwati is not a big fan of borders or anything that impedes the free exchange of creative ideas.
His new creative work, Niemandslandhymnen (Anthems for No-Man's-Lands) that premieres at Usine C on May 18, is a testament to everything that crosses borders: wind, clouds, water, networks, cultures – and performance disciplines.
He calls it a ‘ritual performance’ that incorporates singers, musicians, a dancer and electronic sound, ambient light and new technology all of which come together as a visceral reaction to global political turmoil and the recent rise of right-wing nationalist movements.
“There’s a sentiment that somehow having borders will save the world, but I don’t think so,” says Bhagwati. “The entire earth is a no man’s land. It doesn’t belong to man. I want to draw attention to those factors in our lives that know no borders and affect all of us, whether positively or not.”