Elemental is a meditation on the five elements of the Eastern tradition, known as panchatatva. Through a performance exercise of making and unmaking a circle, we reconnect with the cycle of life, a cycle of creation and destruction. This moving meditation reminds us of our most basic relationship to the universe, that of the play between permanence and impermanence, where all ultimately returns to the source. Elemental gives a nod to how we engage with the play of life and becomes a reflection upon our human need to embellish material existence with our creations, despite our knowing that all that we create will eventually disappear into the void. Elemental is inspired by the act of making Phulkari which can be seen as a reflection of the insatiable need to leave our mark on the world by reflecting the world of the maker in fabric, something both permanent and ephemeral. We envision the spinning wheel combining fibres of cotton into one continuous thread, just as the divine, through the spinning cycles of creation and destruction, creates our existence from the elements. We can imagine the maker with those brightly coloured threads, weaving her hopes and dreams into a Khadi Chaddor, continuous threads looping into and out of the fabric, in the same way that the fabric of the world is created by infinite loops that bind together existence.
Director: Sheba Remy Kharbanda
Cinematographer: William Charles Moss
Editor: William Charles Moss
Performer: Sanjana Sekhar
Production Assistant: Malcolm Selier