New Performance

This programme was closed in 2014 and we no longer accept applications under this programme.

The New Performance programme was started in 2005 to fund reflective performance practices that extend beyond prevailing idioms and forms of performance and/or create new modes of presentation. The programme supported performing arts groups and individuals working across music, dance, theatre and puppetry in addition to artists working in light or set design, sound and writing in the area of performance.

The programme facilitated the follow: pre-production activities to germinate and nurture fresh ideas and reflect on the immediate context of their practice; risk-taking and experimental performances that tackle unexplored themes or critically engage with changing contexts of performances; dissemination processes to enable a wider public to critically engage with larger issues; residencies and workshops that question and reflect on contemporary practice and public platforms like conferences and seminars to discuss newly emerging and unconventional practices.

Between 2005 and 2014 the programme supported 49 projects, disbursing Rs 2.35 crore to the field.

It was closed in 2014, after a review by a panel of experts comprising of Sadanand Menon, Madhusree Dutta, Shubha Mudgal, and Vivan Sundaram. Based on the panel’s recommendations the current ‘Arts Practice’ programme was launched in 2014 to support critical projects across and inter disciplines.