Virkein Dhar

Architect, Creative Producer, Performer, Futures Fabricator

My creative practice lies at the intersection of design, performance and strategic action, with a sustained interest in facilitating creative encounters in urban spaces; immersive storytelling and futures thinking.

I lead Poppy Seed Lab, an inter-disciplinary creative studio that experiments with space, art, design, performance and programme making across genres and mediums.

In the past decade, I have engaged with various inter-disciplinary projects and initiatives as a curator, spatial designer, manager, facilitator, researcher and performer. Notably, I led IGNITE! Dance Festival, an international biennial with a focus on contemporary dance practices from India and South Asia; was part of the founding team at OddBird Theatre, Delhi's first curated performance venue designed as a black box theatre; led programme development at UnBox, a platform exploring new narratives and building action at the intersection of disciplines, to reimagine India’s plural futures; and worked with SPACE10, a design and research lab based in Copenhagen, to curate and establish the programme for their first learning outpost in Delhi.

An alumna of the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, I've presented my work and have been part of multiple international fellowships and forums in the performing arts and design.
I also volunteer my time with the Aman Movement, a research facility to develop solutions for improved management of social sector programmes of the Government of India.