Art festival to kick off this week in Bangalore

Published: 26th September 2012 08:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2012 08:34 AM   |  A+A-


INTERFACE 2012 (International Festival of Alternative and Contemporary Expressions) is coming to Bangalore for the first time this year and is hoping to give the art-loving audience an experience to remember, between September 28 and 30, 2012.

The festival kicks off on September 28 at Jagriti Theatre with dancers Michel Casanovas and Keerthi Basavarajaiah performing “Wind Dance” where Michel explores the ‘openness’ in the aegis of contemporary dance and feels the varied movement vocabularies that drift in and out of the body and mind of a contemporary dancer. This is followed by “Holi”, a controversial Indo-Israeli dance-theatre performance that combines the new pop culture “gods” of Hollywood, Bollywood, divine images of feminine beauty, stories of personal and political territories, boundaries and landscapes by musician and composer Abhishek Basu, Israeli choreographer Idan Cohen and dancers Ran Ben Dror and Noa Shiloh.

INTERFACE brings together the seemingly disparate arts to create a meaningful cumulative experience. Organised by Sapphire Creations Dance Workshop and Artsforward Ideas, this biennial event celebrates the avant garde dance story from across the world.

Every two years, the arts come alive to a frenzied process of exchange, learning and interaction between forms, genres, people and cultures.

Artistes from Poland, USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Korea, Malaysia, Ukraine, and France among others have performed in this festival in the last 5 editions.

“In The Moment”, a special evening of interactions and performances with INTERFACE artistes at Taj Vivanta, Whitefield would be held on September 29.

The Kuchipudi performance “Navarasa” choreographed by Vyjayanti Kashi and being staged at Jagriti Theatre on September 30, depicts the 9 sentiments, which are universal expressions and emotions of human beings in varying degrees.

This would be followed by “Game On” conceived by Annalouise Paul and Theatre of Rhythm and Dance, Australia, where a 3000-year-old classical Indian music tradition meets western contemporary dance, 100 years young.

This intimate conversation between one dancer and one musician explores multi-layered identities and questions. As an allied event of INTERFACE 2012, Idan Cohen from Israel would also be conducting a workshop on contemporary dance at Richmond Town, and a discussion along with Jayachandran Palazhy, Arundhati Raja, and Vyjayanti Kashi on

 'The role of the audience in shaping an artiste’s work'. It would be held at Bow Barracks, Indiranagar, on September 27.


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