Niharika Senapati is a freelance dance artist based in Melbourne. Niharika has been performing in works for Chunky Move since 2012, working closely with the company’s artistic director Anouk van Dijk as a dancer and assistant. Works performed for Chunky Move include ANTI–GRAVITY (2017), Rule of Thirds (2016) Depth of Field (Dance Massive, 2015), gentle is the power (M1 Contact Festival Singapore & Summersalt Festival, 2015), Embodiment 1:1:1 (ACCA, 2014) 247 Days (Dance Massive, 2013) and An Act of Now (Melbourne Festival, 2012). She was Choreography Assistant for Safe Places (Schauspiel Frankfurt, 2016) and Complexity of Belonging (Melbourne Festival, 2013).
Alongside this, Niharika has also been working with many choreographers and artists around Australia, including Lucy Guerin, Emma Fishwick, Rachel Arianne Ogle, Brooke Stamp, Joanna Pollitt, Jacob Lehrer, and Leisel Zink. She performed in Fishwick’s microLandscapes (Next Wave festival, 2016) Ogle’s precipice (Perth Winter Arts Festival, Aug 2014) and Zink’s fifteen (Next Wave Festival, May 2012).
Amongst performing Niharika has received the Australia Council’s Artstart grant allowing her to deepen and refine her improvisation practice and has begun creating her own choreographic work, in addition to completing a 3-week artist residency at Performing Arts Forum in France and participating in workshops in Italy and Belgium. Niharika became a certified Countertechique teacher in July 2014 and is passionate about her teaching practice. She continues to teach locally and worldwide, having taught classes and workshops in Melbourne, America and Germany.
Niharika is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts.
Class with Niharika
“Countertechnique allows me to discover more possibilities constantly, whilst giving me practical and helpful tools to keep me interested and independent in that process. Dancing continues to be a joyful exploration, where failure, fear and pain are removed from the situation, and replaced with choice. There is less pressure on my whole self, and more freedom to direct energy into exploring and playing.”