Presented by Precarious residency, Mithila Ballal, a dancer trained in Bharathanatyam, creates a piece about grief using movement, writing, found objects, and other sources. Working with interdisciplinary artist, craftsperson, community organizer, and curator Leslie Menagh, and performance creator Kate Story.
Mithila Ballal started her training as a Bharathanatyam dancer at the age of 4. She has trained in various dance forms with multiple teachers and Gurus, performing across India, USA and Canada. Her passion and love for dance led her to pursue her Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy and Mental Health Counselling at Lesley University, Cambridge, USA. She moved to Canada in 2013 and began teaching dance, both Bharathanatyam and Bollywood, to children and adults. She founded her dance school “Ukti – Centre for Movement and Arts” in 2019.
Mithila is also a Registered Psychotherapist and Dance/Movement Therapist, working with various populations with mental health issues – autism, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief. Her work stems from the core belief that “breathing is movement”.
Mithila Ballal -– Dancer
Leslie Menagh – Curator
Kate Story – Performance Creator