A photo of Paul Purgas and Imran Perretta performing together (as AMRA, their audiovisual collaboration)

Art Night: Paul Purgas & Imran Perretta

20 Jul 2021

Paul Purgas & Imran Perretta's new commission for Art Night 2021 is an audiovisual work featuring Carnatic dance and vocal improvisation.

As part of their ongoing collaboration AMRA, the artists present a new work featuring a pre-recorded performance accompanied by Carnatic dance and vocal improvisation to explore diasporic echoes, syncretic mythologies and polyrhythm within South Asian consciousness. Incorporating fractured sonics, classical dance and vocal improvisations, the performance explores the hypnotic syntax of the tala rhythmic system and its perceptual manipulations of time.

Traditional Carnatic movement accompanies AMRA’s live sound invoking the spiritual somatics of South Asian dance and its origins within ancient ritual and storytelling traditions.

Vocalist: Sohini Alam
Dancer: Tiyasha Dutta Paul

About Art Night 2021

Somerset House partners with Art Night for its fifth edition, taking place in locations nationwide and online. 

A co-commission by Art Night and Somerset House, with support from the Adonyeva Foundation.