“Nerves” is a piece of physical and experimental expressions of young boys from Manipur in northeast India. Most of the lives of the people in Manipur are exhausted by unanswered questions. In “Nerves”, we input data files on (dancers) fresh bodies from different issues in Manipur, where many had been killed, tortured , discriminated and their space forcefully occupied by powerful people, leaders, and authorities. Meanwhile, many indigenous people have been displaced and their lives used like a tool for a game (Polo-Shangol kangjei and Mukna kangjei a Manipuri indigenous games ) . At the same time, the youth are wasting their lives. Wandering if the new Innocent generations really care for our past and present life for the future?
We still do have many emotions hidden into our nerves . Here we are trying to explore the emotions through our nerves and with the help of installations . The silent torture always shuts our mouths and we are sharing it with silence from our Nerves. Lastly, this piece is not mean only for Manipur. Manipur could be the world too.
“Nerves” won the Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards – Edition II in 2015 and the choreographer Surjit Nongmeikapam was mentored by the world famous Akram Khan Dance Company. The work-in-progress was showcased in Dance Umbrella, UK, and the team did residencies & showcase in Barcelona and Portugal.