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Amalgamation of dance forms

Amalgamation of dance forms
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This year the biennial is back with a much larger and ambitious programme showcasing a mix of established and emerging practitioners in contemporary Indian dance and dance thinking. The week-long festival will feature performances by Indian and International artists. The festival starts on January 11 and will continue till January 18 across various venues in the Capital.

The festival begins with Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company’s Scrambled Eggs, a two hour contemporary piece which brings together theatre and dance in which eight stories unfold while inviting and including the audience in the narrative at Siri Fort Auditorium.

IGNITE! will showcase performances borne out of cultural exchange between Indian and international artists and  steeped in the South Asian context. This is highlighted in Mithunaby Annette Leday/Keli Company; Made in Bangladesh by Helena Waldmann and Vikram Iyengar; Super Ruwaxi:Origins by Post Natyam Collective and Traitriot by Venuri Perrera.

“We believe that dance must be a part of all of us! The festival aims to take dance out of its comfort zone and to the people. This year, apart from multiple venues spread out in the city we will also perform in parks, open markets and gallery spaces.

“The form or the content is Indian; either people are making work using Indian vocabulary or it is by performers working in India. We are expanding to South Asia as we have the same cultural resources and similar issues.  We have focused a lot on collaborations by inviting cross cultural exchanges. We also always look at established as well as emerging artists, because we feel that there is a lot to be gained from this exchange.” Mandeep Raikhy, Managing Director, Gati Dance Forum and Virkein Dhar, Festival Director, IGNITE!

For the first time IGNITE! will also be hosting a three day conference titled ‘Joining the Dots: Points of Shift, Pause, D-iscontinuity and Rupture’ which is led by practitioners. The focus will be on the ‘body’ and further maps the trajectories of dance across forms, genre and geography.

When: January 11-18
Where: Across various venues
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