Baa’s Gold National Gallery 2021

Live Performance
32 Mins
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'Baa’s Gold 10' recounts the story of the burglary of Hetain Patel’s ‘Baa’, or grandmother in Gujarati, whilst at home in Bolton where she lived alone. In a pursuit for gold, Patel’s Baa endured a violent ordeal at the hands of a gang of men who specifically targeted Hindu widows for their cultural tradition of only wearing gold jewellery. As the story is recounted multiple times in the form of a spoken screenplay by a group of performers, Baa regains her own agency, enacting revenge in the final version of the screenplay.

Patel’s performances processes events from his own biography through a range of media, often recounting these stories in various ways. Patel presents his own domestic British Indian story in amongst the Western canon of art history as equally epic and fantastical, using both the traditional act of live performance, and the modern form of cinematic storytelling.

Performed on 19 November 2021 at the National Gallery as part of 'Dance to the Music of Our Time', a live exhibition that explores the relationship of storytelling and contemporary art through the use of movement, dance and choreography.

Performers:
Iris Chan
Melanie Ingram
Vidya Patel
Akshay Sharma
Deepraj Singh

Music, text, set and costume:
Hetain Patel

Choreography:
Hetain Patel with the performers

Dramaturgy:
Eva Martinez

Make-Up:
Sofia Paradis

Commissioned by National Gallery, London
Curated by Priyesh Mistry

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca

The National Gallery, London. Photographer: Anna Arca