Raghav Handa is an Australian choreographer and performer of Indian heritage with training in modern and Indigenous contemporary dance. Inspired by his birthright – his works combine traditional kathak principles and contemporary movement to create multifaceted and engaging explorations of modern Australian cultural identity.
He has worked in a variety of dance roles including choreographer, performer, collaborator, dance lecturer, artist representative and mentor for young performers. His works: Tukre’ (“Pieces” in Hindi 2014-15), Mens Rea (2016) and Folly & Time (2018-19), have been performed across Australia and internationally to strong critical acclaim.
In 2019, with support from Australian Council, Raghav also completed a residency with Attakkalari dance company in Bengaluru, India and in 2020 appeared in the Sydney Festival premiere of Double Delicious, an immersive theatre work by the Contemporary Asian Australian Performance and Asia TOPA festival in Melbourne.
Most recently, his short work featured in the Sydney Opera House digital season of Unwrapped. His creations are woven through collaboration, incorporating diverse dance languages, spoken word, film and sculptural set design.
As a performer, he has collaborated with many of Australia’s leading Indigenous & non-Indigenous choreographers including Vicki van Hout, Marilyn Miller, Sue Healey, Danielle Micich & Martin del Amo.
TWO, Raghav’s new duet work, is in development and will premier in Sydney in 2021.