SVA Kranti: The Revolution Within

Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC)

Dancer, storyteller and activist Mallika Sarabhai is one of the most vital figures in Indian dance today.

Dates Friday 28 & Saturday 29 February 2020
Time 7pm
Venue Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC)


As director of the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts – established by her mother Mrinalini in 1949 – she has helped shape the dance vocabulary of countless students while also maintaining a rich and dynamic practice of her own.

With SVA Kranti: The Revolution Within, Sarabhai employs multimedia, theatre, music and dance to conjure an imagined conversation with Mahatma Gandhi through the prism of a 21st century woman. The work explores the lives of women who have struggled non-violently with truth, and challenges the relevance of Gandhi’s teachings to the contemporary female experience.

Fiery, irreverent and provocative, Sarabhai dances with an urgency that will not be denied. Following the performance, an artist talk sees this social justice crusader and nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize join artist-curator Nithya Nagarajan for a discussion about her unique brand of ‘artivism’, her dance practice and her politics.


Date: Friday 28 & Saturday 29 February 2020
Time: 7pm
Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), 45 Moreland St, Footscray
Running Time: 60 mins (performance), 30 min (post-show talk)
Tickets: $20-30 +BF
Age Restrictions: 18+ only

Choreographer and Performer Mallika Sarabhai
Technical Director and Designer Yadavan Chandran
Independent Curator Nithya Nagarajan
Community Liaison Priya Srinivasan