Best of both worlds on one stage... - The New Indian Express

Best of both worlds on one stage...

Published: 03rd April 2014 07:57 AM

Last Updated: 03rd April 2014 10:36 AM

After a successful first edition almost three years ago, DanSe DialogueS is back on a grander scale. A collaboration between the two culturally rich countries, the event will be hosted by The Alliance Française of Madras, Prakriti Foundation, Institut Français, Pays de la Loire, Express Avenue and the French Embassy in India. Held between April 8 and 16 over three days in different venues, the dance collaboration aims to accelerate the cultural exchange between the two countries through some vibrant stage productions.

With a multi-pronged approach, the festival aims at encouraging exchanges and meetings between French and Indian professionals and Franco-Indian projects by participating in the structuring of the dance scene in India. While it strives to promote both French and Indian contemporary dance in India, by expanding the space for this art form in the country, it is also an investment in public spaces in order to reach outside the usual niche of dance circles. Benoit Olivier, director, Alliance Francaise of Madras says that the event is an attempt to enhance the cultural dialogue between the two countries.

He says, “The first edition in 2011 involved Bengaluru and Delhi, and for the second, we hope to add more cities. The festival will use contemporary dance as a medium to present the creative synergy between Indian and French dancers.”

Olivier adds that there will be three shows — Les Lecteurs (The Readers), Stranger in Indian Paradise and Cette Immense Intimite (This Huge Intimacy) — and each one is on a different scale.

Involving prominent names like David Rolland, Chennai-based dancers Padmini Chettur and Preethi Athreya, the dance festival will illustrate the possibility of a choreographic conversation between two diverse countries.

Highly technical and panoramic in its presentation, the venues chosen for the shows have taken into account audience interaction as well.  “Les Lecteurs that will be held at the Buddha Gardens at the Express Avenue, for instance, is a one-of-its-kind dance grandeur that is as much a crowd’s show as it is an artists’ showcase. Each of them will be given a booklet with instructions to be followed. The dance moves will involve common gestures that we use every day,” says Olivier.

While ‘Stranger in Indian Paradise’ is a labyrinth of abstract moves, Cette immense intimité will be an intimate duet between the dancer and a wall.

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