Indian Dance Panorama

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Photo by: Csilla Zelkó

Indian Dance Panorama

Initiating the Audience on a ‘dance journey’ to India

Sivasakti Kalánanda Dance Theatre

A unique feature of Indian classical dance is that it represents a timeless link between past and present. It is the oldest existing dance style in the world that, although not in its present form, has existed since ancient times. In remote areas of India, different purposes and influences created the styles now known as classical Indian dances. The dance forms from different regions differ in many ways, but they are unified by a common cultural background. The classical dances of India are not mere exhibits in a virtual dance museum, but great survivors of dance history, always able to adapt to the needs and challenges of the times, as they continue to do in the 21st century. They are now part of the international dance world: they are used to create traditional and contemporary dance pieces all over the world.

This dance composition offers an insight into the secrets of some of the most diverse classical dance styles of India. It shows how a dance piece is constructed, the differences between the genres, their history and what connects them, what the hand signs tell us, what Indian acting is like, what a dancer needs to know, what the plays are about and, most importantly, what the audience needs to know to enjoy a performance as an initiate.

Directed by Panni Somi

Supported by Budapest Főváros II. kerületi Önkormányzata

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