Artiste Diya Naidu’s latest work merges movement arts with virtual reality – Times of India

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Mid-March when dancer-choreographer Diya Naidu was diagnosed with the Coronavirus disease, it was an experience of extreme fear and panic for her. Weeks after when she tested negative and was finally discharged from the hospital, the movement artiste was labelled a ‘murderer’ for apparently not being proactive enough in raising the alarm. While Diya eventually got back on her feet again and resumed her virtual dance classes, she was asked to vacate the house where she was staying on rent, thanks to the stigma attached to COVID-survivors. Despite all of this, the artiste was one of Karnataka’s first plasma donors. During the lockdown, she even managed to make a short film, loosely based on her personal experience of the pandemic, while she has also been collaborating with local and international artistes on some interesting virtual reality and augmented reality dance projects. Excerpts from a candid chat:

Tell us about the film you have worked on during the lockdown – ‘Of words and bodies’…This is the outcome of an Indo-Swiss collaboration – a spin-off of a bigger project, which was originally commissioned by the Embassy of Switzerland, but got stalled due to the pandemic. Conceived and curated by Madhura Phatak, the 12 …

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