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Kali Chandrasegaram: Move’in A Charm


A charm, a lucky charm, something meaningful… a loved one, a loved place, a beautiful memory, a luck, a hope, something that gives us the strength to carry on and care for without boundary. We have it in our hands and ultimately in our hearts.

We see it, touch it, feel it, kiss it, embrace it and move it in a dance creating magical moments that invoke a sense of love, care and the warmth of a hug… something that some of us are completely deprived of in the isolation!

This commission piece brings together 31 hand artists exploring 31 magical charms complemented by an original soundtrack.



Caring Hands



The following video is a tribute to the NHS and features a compilation of compassionate hand artists including refugees in Liverpool.

Conceptualised and created by Kali Chandrasegaram with Festival 31 and supported by Culture Liverpool.



About Kali


Kali Chadrasegaram


Image Credit: Simon Richardson


Kali is a Liverpool-based multi-disciplined, experimental dancer and choreographer, working across many genres from Indian classical to contemporary. He believes in dance as a personal journey of the soul for self and communal awareness. Originally from Malaysia where diversity is ingrained, integrating differences is in his veins. He has been an artist in the UK Contemporary South Asian dance scene and has worked for many of the genre’s leading companies for over 22 years, teaching dance workshops in schools, for all ages and abilities. Kali has worked in communities of different ethnic origins, in libraries of little towns, for older people in care homes, dance and disability, dance and dementia and dance for refugees.


“There’s a controlled power inside Chandrasegaram’s flesh that suggests intriguing depths. Dancing with a fierce yet delicate formality”

– Donald Hutera (UK dance critic)


“Continually surprising”

– The Stage


Facebook: @kalichandrasegaram

Instagram: @kalichandrasegaram