"..a beautiful dance piece full of complexity and nuance.."

EXEUNT MAGAZINE on Queen-size, May 2017

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"To some, watching Queen Size will perhaps be uncomfortable; it challenges hetero-social norms and, at the same time, engages in a subject that Indian society finds uncomfortable regardless of gender: physical intimacy. Watching two men, two human beings enact an activity so natural, but otherwise taboo, might just be the show we require to question our own perception of sex, sexuality and gender."

THE HINDU on Queen-size, December 2016

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"The performance, the mood, the sounds and smells, not to mention the light distilled through sheer goblets of water create an intimate groove in time where you smile and shiver, gaze and dive into the most personal and magical zone of two male lovers that also remind you of moments in your own sojourns into the realm of desire."

BANGALORE MIRROR on Queen-size, March 2017

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"The charpoy also holds significance. It’s rustic, it’s transparent. You can see above it, under it and through it; there’s no place for hiding, and there’s no need for hiding. In deliberately making this encounter visible, Queen-Size poses questions around spectatorship, privacy and dissent"

DT NEXT on Queen-size, February 2017

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"Our position as spectators became vulnerable, transformable, and exchangeable with the performers. The queer gaze that the last moments of the performance successfully put forth unshackled the performance from its performativity by making it an act that we happened to encounter—we became watchers on the same ground as the performers."

LIGAMENT on Queen-size, 2017, February 2017

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‘My work negotiates between private lives and public space..’

SUNDAY GUARDIAN on Queen-size, 2016

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"Raikhy believes his job is to string together a narrative logic without telling the audience any one linear story through dance"

ARTISTS AT WORK, LIVE MINT, on Angular Displacement, 2015

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“... raises and responds to this question (of masculinity) far more effectively through movement than could be possible in words... enthralling piece!”

OPEN MAGAZINE on A Male Ant Has Straight Antennae, 2013 

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“...provocative choreography... unorthodox exploration of modern day masculinity.”

THE ART HOUSE on A Male Ant Has Straight Antennae, 2015

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"The piece is a delicate balancing act, where explicit gestures- flexed arms, cupped breasts, cradled crotches- arrange themselves into subtle statements."

CATCH NEWS on A Male Ant Has Straight Antennae, 2015

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“... hard to let one's guard down while watching Mandeep Raikhy's mystifyingly named Male Ant!”

DECCAN HERALD on A Male Ant Has Straight Antennae, 2015

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“... There is a certain joy that comes from comprehending a contemporary dance piece without reading up on it....beautifully devised, slick ensemble piece...."

BUSINESS TIMES, SINGAPORE, on A Male Ant Has Straight Antennae, 2015

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“... one of the strongest and the wittiest works of the Dance Marathon...."

BUSINESS TIMES, SINGAPORE, on A Male Ant Has Straight Antennae, 2015

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“... a pretty sexy show!”

SIFA BLOG on A Male Ant Has Straight Antennae, 2015

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“..a well-delineated, clean and crisp performance”

SIFA BLOG on A Male Ant Has Straight Antennae, 2015

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“... Mandeep Raikhy excels in blurring traditional Indian dance styles with contemporary Western dance forms, taps on the classical vocabulary of Bharatanatyam and delves deeper into the study of the relationship between these two diametrically opposite styles of dance, bound by a slender thread.”

BUZZ IN TOWN on Inhabited Geometry, 2011 

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