The dynamic performances of the Avant Garde Dance company who are on a tour to India have musicality at their core and explore a myriad of styles, themes and media. The British Council brought their Black Album to the Capital as part of Impulse 2, the season of the best of contemporary dance from the UK, and The Park’s New Festival 2014. The event held at Shri Ram Centre on 10 November.
Their mantra Innovate Never Replicate is evident throughout their portfolio of work, and led by artistic Director Tony Adigun, committed to producing artistic work that is entertaining and challenging.
Impulse Season 2 is a three-month long celebration of UK dance and is part of the British Council’s Re-Imagine Arts initiative. It features three leading dance companies from the UK during September, October and November. Scottish Dance Theatre returns to India after Impulse Season 1, while Hofesh Shechter Dance Company and Avant Garde Dance make their debut in India.
Avant Garde Dance is a London-based company pushing the boundaries of hip-hop and contemporary dance. They tour India from 31 October to 19 November and will be performing in Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.
The company also has a range of activities planned with dance organisations in India and young people across the country, including workshops, master classes and networking events.
Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India said, ‘Over the past three months the British Council with its partners have been delighted to present Impulse 2, the new season of the best of contemporary dance from the UK. Built around performances by leading UK dance companies - Hofesh Shechter Company, Scottish Dance Theatre and now Avant Garde Dance. ‘Our aim is to help showcase exciting new work in the arts, facilitate collaborations, promote arts education, encourage cultural skills development and convene valuable forums for artists, directors, producers, festival organisers and arts managers from India and the UK to engage in mutually beneficial projects.’ he added.
In addition to the performances scheduled across major theatres in six cities, the company dancers and musicians are looking forward to participating in a range of outreach activities — workshops, lecdems, masterclasses and collaborative sessions — with practitioners and students across the country.