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 When I finished school at the age of 18, I rebelled against my parents’ outdated ideology and pursued my love for dance; this love for dance blossomed, and I never looked back.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.