Korzo welcomes the public in The Hague and online to the India Dance Festival which is to be held from 19 thru 29 May 2022. The India Dance Festival is one of Europe’s leading festivals for Indian Dance, presenting works by makers from India as well as from the diaspora. Iconic names from the Indian dance tradition find pride of place on the program in addition to well-known names and the generation of young creatives from home and abroad.
Aakash Odedra from the U.K. will open the India Dance Festival with a solo program featuring choreographies by Kathak icon Aditi Mangaldas (Echoes), a solo by the well-known Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Constellations), and a solo by Odedra himself. The program will be shown exclusively in Korzo. Aakash Odedra is known for the adventurous way in which he manages to present his classical Indian dance qualities with a mercurial lightness.
"An exceptionally agile dancer who, it appears, has no trouble slipping between styles, effortlessly multilingual." - The New York Times over Aakash Odedra
The charismatic Odissi exponent Surupa Sen is a beloved performer the world over. In The Hague she will perform an exclusive solo program. Powerhouse Kuchipudi dancer Bhavana Reddy comes from a legendary dance family and is the festival’s artist in residence. In addition to a classical Kuchipudi item, she has been at work for a number of weeks on a new contemporary piece that will premiere during the festival. Kirti Ramgopal is one of the great Bharatanatyam talents of her generation and is well-known for her ability to inspire the audience with her infectious energy.
The Dutch hip-hop choreographer Shailesh Bahoran dances in his own intimate solo performance KISHAN, about the relationship with his autistic son. Kalpana Raghuraman reprises her performance Samarpan on stage with a cast from the top of the Indian dance scene in the Netherlands. In the concluding weekend there is, as per tradition, space for the Indian dance schools in the Netherlands that will present themselves in the program Colours of India.
There will be an online edition of the India Dance Festival running parallel to the live festival program, with on demand performances, new productions, webinars and live workshops. The online program has been extended since the previous edition to accommodate the increasing national and international demand.
Gauri Sharma Tripathi from Bangalore is the guest curator, specially invited for this edition. She compiled an appealing online program for the world-wide public together with curator Leo Spreksel. Room has been made for past, present, and future of (new) dance forms which are rooted in the traditions of Indian dance.
Freely accessible streams in the Meet the Icons program let the public make further acquaintance with three powerful women who have made an invaluable contribution to the development of Indian dance: Chandralekha, Malavika Sarukkai, and Protima Bedi.
In the program New Horizons, you can see on demand streams of high-profile performances by artists such as Bhavana Reddy, Revanta Sarabhai, Hari & Chetana, Shailesh Bahoran, and Poernima Gobardhan.
The unique program 360°Elemental presents three young creatives from India and three from the Netherlands in a fixed video format. Each maker is assigned the same music from contemporary percussion ensemble Slagwerk Den Haag, and the resulting choreography will be filmed in a circular setup in 360°. As a source of inspiration for their dance they choose one of the Ayurvedic elements: water, fire, earth, air, and ether.
Premieres of online programs are broadcast in three different time zones, CET, CST/CDT, and IST. Meet the Icons programs are after the release date available during the entire festival. The New Horizons paid programs are available for a period of 48 hours. The public can purchase tickets with US dollars, Indian rupees, or Euros.
Ticket sales for the India Dance Festival has commenced. Tickets for the online festival on indiadancefestival.nl are available from April.
19 May 19:30 – Utsav (festival opening with short performances by a few dancers and musicians on invitation only)
20 May 20:15 – Nandi Taalavadya (music) and Pancha Butham (take note: this program is in De Nieuwe Regentes)