Karthika is a poet and novelist and dance curator. Her recent work includes The Honey Hunters which she later adapted for the stage as Chotto Desh with Akram Khan which was co-presented by The Ark and Dublin Dance Festival in 2016.
Karthika has written widely on the themes of migration for children and adults in both French and English. Born in India, she has been living in Paris for the past 17 years. Naïr published her first book of poems, Bearings, in 2009. Her other works include Until the Lions, a poetic retelling of the Mahabharata in multiple voices, which won the 2015 Tata Literature Live Book of the Year Award for fiction, a rather unexpected award for poetry; The Honey Hunter, an illustrated book of children’s fiction; and DESH, choreographer Akram Khan’s award-winning dance production for which she wrote the script.
Presented as part of PUSH which is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
PUSH is an ambitious artist development project investing in the careers and work practices of artists working in the area of theatre and dance for young audiences, both in their own countries and internationally. PUSH is led by Imaginate (Scotland) alongside cultuurcentrumHasselt/Krokusfestival (Belgium), The Ark (Ireland), Åben Dans (Denmark), Scenekunstbrunket (Norway).
Over two years, we are exploring three topics within theatre and dance for young audiences. Artists from all partner countries were invited to apply to participate in one of three residential Labs:
- Gender and sexual identity Lab in Scotland
- (over)protection Lab in Belgium
- Migration Lab in Ireland
You can read more about the full project here
This event is part of the Migration Lab which will take place at The Ark from 20 February - 1 March 2018. The Lab will explore the theme of migration and its impact on Ireland and our European neighbours and partners through the lens of performance for children.