Devaraj trained in India and UK. He worked under the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts banner whilst choreographing his own work. His commercial work in India includes appearances for fashion designers, Bollywood singers and TV shows. Devaraj joined Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company in 2003 for ‘Transtep’ as a dancer and creative collaborator. Since then, he has performed in 8 productions with the company.
Some of his dancing credits include joining Tavaziva Dance in December 2009 for the company’s first full-length production ‘Wild Dog’; his choreographic work ‘Arranged Marriage’ being premiered at The Place’s 25th anniversary in January 2011 and performed at the Royal Opera house; working in 2012 with Akram Khan for the Olympic Games opening Ceremony; and working with INALA project which premiered in Russia part of Chekhov International Theatre Festival and toured in the UK.
In November 2015, Devaraj was invited to Japan to showcase his works as part of the Awaji Art Circus 2015, where he created site-specific and theatre work.
How did you come to be a performer?
I guess I always enjoyed music… Then I transformed enjoyment into movement in my school days.
How do you feel when you perform?
The sense of complete involvement in the performance… makes me feel alive.
What do you like to do on your day off?
I like spending my time with my family and friends; I also enjoy watching performances and going to the movies.
How do you prepare before a performance?
I make sure I am physically warm enough to perform, focus on the piece and I go through some of the material.
How does performing outside feel compared to inside?
It’s very different… performing outside is challenging because you have to set an atmosphere with complete sense of physical involvement to draw the audience’s attention.
If you weren’t a performer, what would you like to do?
I would like to create work. If I weren’t a performer I would be working on something related to the arts.
How do you feel working with Tilted?
Amazing… I haven’t done any work like this before that I am doing with Tilted. Innovative ideas and working with objects is different for a dance piece.