Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bonbon) is an Imphal-based choreographer and dancer. He is the founder and artistic director of Nachom Arts Foundation. Born in Manipur, he has a B.A. in Choreography and has worked with the Natya Stem Dance Kampni and Natya Maya, Bengaluru, as a contemporary and traditional dancer. He is trained in Kathak, Kalaripayattu, Manipuri dance, contemporary dance and Thang-Ta, a form of martial arts. He continues to learn many other movement styles from various gurus/mentors. His notable works include “OneVoice”, a solo piece shown at Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Zurich in 2013. Surjit is also a co-founder of “Arts and Imphal”, an upcoming international contemporary arts festival in Imphal, Manipur. In 2010, he trained under Kolkata Sanved in their 3-month course, Dance and Movement Therapy. Surjit was also a dance therapist at H2H, Human to Humane, Imphal, during 2009-2013. He has given awareness and dance workshops to several trauma victims in Manipur.
Surjit is now exploring an interdisciplinary experimental performance art with the physical and emotional content in his pieces. He also works with visual artists and filmmakers as collaborator. Some notable dance films he has worked in include, Black Pot and Movement and Underline. Surjit has toured and participated in major dance festivals in Switzerland, France, Singapore, Belgium, Japan, USA, Germany, Spain, Portugal, UK and more. He is one of the few dancers and choreographers in Manipur to engage with contemporary dance forms and seek to promote its development beyond the traditional conservative Manipuri culture. He is also an award-winning choreographer: Nerves, won the Precda in 2014 and Folktale in 2016.
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