Kali Chandrasegaram

I was a child who was not allowed to dance, being a boy! When I finished school at the age of 18, I rebelled against my parents’ outdated ideology and pursued my love for dance; this love for dance blossomed, and I never looked back. My initial training was at The Temple of Fine Arts, Malaysia, where I trained in Bharata Natyam, Odissi and Kathak, graduating with a diploma. At the age of 25, I had an offer to further my education in dance in the UK. Therefore I left Malaysia and studied Dance Performance at Middlesex University in London, training in Western Contemporary Dance.

After being employed for seven years as an Artist in Residence and Events Coordinator for Kadam Dance in Bedfordshire, I became a freelance Dancer and Choreographer. This allowed me to broaden my experience through working with Balbir Singh Dance Company in Peacock Lake, Love and Spice, Chaturangan, Kadam Dance, Spare Tyre, Company of Elders (Sadlers Wells), RADA, ShivaNova, Foundation for Indian Performing Art(FIPA), Walk the Plank, and Tara Arts. It has included teaching dance workshops in schools for all ages and abilities and in communities of different ethnic origins; in libraries of small towns; for older people in care homes; dance and disability; dance and dementia and dance for refugees.

I am interested in finding meaningful connections between artists and aesthetics in form and movement through dance and music. I strongly believe that dance is a personal journey of the soul for self and collective awareness and not falling into a convention. Having been born and raised in a multicultural society in Malaysia where diversity is ingrained, integrating differences is in my veins. Working with a variety of arts organisations throughout my twenty-two-year dance career in the UK, nationally and internationally, I have developed a mindset of transcending genres, gender, disciplines, artforms, cultures, age and regions as springboards to venture into greater possibilities.

Explore the process

A lost art?
A bridge to India
Immersed in music
When Worlds Collide
The Idea (learning to dance)
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts on Learning to Dance
In the presence of geniuses
The story (love and spice)
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
Overview of The Strategists
Breakdown of The Strategists
Roundness of 12: a breakdown of the piece
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Script (12)
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
The Collaborators
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
What is Kathak?
Life blood
Collaboration: Balbir & Gary
Colouring your emotions
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Planning the show
The 8 Dances
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
 Acid cycle
Balbir’s thoughts behind the work
Balbir on developing the work
Amrita Sher-Gil & Frida Kahlo
My favourite painting is. . .
Balbir reflects on The Two Fridas
Cast one
Devising in lockdown
Las dos Fridas
‘Alas Para Volar (Wings to Fly)’
Amrita – a story that lives in Art