DanSe DialogueS 2

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The Embassy of France in India, Institut Français en Inde and the Alliance Française network are delighted to introduce the second edition of the contemporary dance festival DanSe DialogueS. This pan-Indian Festival, scheduled to start in April 2014, is dedicated to promoting the richness and diversity of Indian and French contemporary dance, fostering collaboration between French and Indian professionals in this field while popularizing contemporary forms of expression vis-à-vis the Indian public.

DanSe Dialogues

DanSe Dialogues

DanSe DialogueS is a contemporary dance festival, created and organized by the Embassy of France in India and its cultural network. Its first edition took place in November 2011 in New Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore, which brought together more than 7,500 spectators in these three cities. In Bangalore and Chennai, the Alliances Françaises along with the support of Prakriti and Kalashetra foundations of the Attakalari Centre, as well as several French and Indian companies, offered an eclectic programme attracting a large and diverse audience. These shows were representative of the main developments and trends in French contemporary dance: either modern dance revisited by Dominique Boivin’s work or a dance that grew out of hip hop and urban and popular culture through the performance of Brahim Bouchelaghem, or even yet the avant-garde with the choreographic experiments of Jérôme Bel.

In each of these cities, the local scene had been put forward, creating a dialogue of genres and forms for the public. Ten Indian dance companies were on show throughout the festival. In Delhi with the support of the ICCR : Navtej Johar, Aditi Mangaldas, Mandeep Raikhy and Anusha Lall. In Chennai : Padmini Chettur, Preethi Athreya and Sujata Goel. In Bangalore : Natya STEM Dance kampni, Nritarutya Dance Company and Attakkalari Dance Company.

The chief aim of the DanSe DialogueS festival is to strengthen the cooperation between our two countries in the field of dance and thus to encourage exchange programmes and meetings between French and Indian professionals. It also proposes to promote contemporary dance forms of both countries in India.

France and India are two hugely skilled and culturally vibrant countries in the field of dance. With approximately eighty companies frequently touring the world, together with positive and supportive cultural policies, contemporary dance in France is reputed for its high quality as well as the diversity of its practices. Meanwhile, in the past two decades, Indian dancers and choreographers have been transforming the strongly-rooted traditional codes to give new means of expression to the moving body.

David Rolland Chorégraphies

David Rolland Chorégraphies

Capitalizing on its expertise to organize countrywide festivals for performing arts, such as the recently concluded Bonjour India, the French Embassy in India now presents the 2nd edition of DanSe DialogueS from April 11th to 30th, 2014. This year’s programme is designed to assess the desire of the French Embassy to nurture the strong bonds with India in the field of contemporary dance. The second edition enlarges its scope to seven cities including Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Trivandrum, and shifts its focus on Indo-French collaborative projects.

In preparation of the festival, Indian and French dancers were invited to interact within the artistic residencies set up in Delhi and Chennai. Two major choreographic pieces were conceived and created through the process of learning from one another, one being an hip-hop extravaganza Récital by Mourad Merzouki and another being an experimental performance L’étranger au paradis indien / Stranger in Indian paradise by David Rolland

Combined with master classes and video screenings, the programme notably comprises of French & Indian vanguard projects. Black Pulp by Xin Company redefines the contemporary genre ; Nos solitudes/Our solitudes by A.I.M.E Co. and Cette immense intimité (Huge Intimity) by Retouramont Co. pay tribute to the agility, grace and nimbleness of the dancers’ suspended bodies. Furthermore, Astad Deboo’s Rhythm Divine blends percussions and Manipuri dance in a unique sensorial journey.

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