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MEET THE CAST
In Her Words has an all female and migrant cast, it incorporates their cultural movements, songs and stories under the direction of Padma Menon.
I came to my second home, Australia in 1982 from Cebu, Philippines. I've met people from different backgrounds. I've joined the program to be able to share my culture with others, as well as learn from them. I love dancing and singing, and will do the best to enjoy doing good things.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
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Padma Menon has over 30 years of international experience as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and facilitator. She has performed in hundreds of venues all over the world and created numerous contemporary and traditional Indian dance productions for high profile festivals and venues internationally.
Padma enjoyed a successful career in India performing professionally as a soloist since the age of nine. In her early
twenties she founded one of Australia's first professional multicultural dance companies and established a national and international reputation for cross-cultural work. She has worked in Europe in the renowned Korzo Production House as house choreographer and her work has been showcased in international festivals such as Cadance and the Holland Dance Festival. The centre she founded in India in 2006 was part of the arts activism movement in India, working closely with human rights and social justice organisations to raise awareness of issues such as women’s rights. Padma has also directed small and large scale community arts projects in Australia, Europe and in India.
Padma is currently the founder of Moving Archetypes, where she draws on traditional Indian dance theatre to reclaim its contemplative practices.