Rajni Shah

WHAT Remains 2016

Co-created with and performed by Natacha Bryan, Collin Clay Chace, Emma Frankland, Kazuko Hohki and Sheila Ghelani

When on stage, bodies stand in for something; they allow readings to pass through them and to be projected onto them. But they are not still, they are moving. They too are passing through, or being passed through, as we inhabit them during our lifetime. In the end they are vessels carrying stories for a short amount of time, until they break open and the stories pass through to another vessel.

This series of small performances will be scattered throughout the festival. Like a song that is passed between people, each performance will echo the others but will be defined by the voice and body of the performer. Together, they will attempt to reflect the complex histories of bodies and the simple beauty in noticing someone for a moment.


Rajni has been calling herself an artist since 1999. Whether online, in a public space, or in a theatre, her work aims to open up new spaces for conversation and the meeting of diverse voices. From 2006-2010 she explored the relationship between gift and conversation in public space in a series of public interventions called ‘small gifts’. From 2005-2012 she produced a trilogy of large-scale performances (‘Mr Quiver’, ‘Dinner with America’ and ‘Glorious’) addressing the complexities of cultural identity in the 21st century. Rajni is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Lancaster, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and supervised by Professor Geraldine Harris.

Song collaborators:
Sheila Ghelani ( www.sheilaghelani.co.uk )
Sheila is an artist whose work spans performance, installation and moving image.
Collin Clay Chace ( www.juhamusic.com )
Collin Clay Chace is a singer, emcee, and jack of all genres for the Juha crew and Team Angelica Music.
Natacha Bryan ( natachadbryan.wordpress.com )
Natacha Bryan is writer, poet, performance maker and fellow on Complete Works III. Her pamphlet collection of poems, If I talked everything my eyes saw, will be published by Gatehouse Press autumn 2016.
Emma Frankland ( notyetarobot.co.uk )
Emma is an award winning theatre maker and performer.
Kazuko Hohki ( www.kazukohohki.com )
Kazuko Hohki is a London based artist, singer, musician, animator, director, performer, storyteller and theatre maker.