Beginning in the 1930’s, Indian dancers used their deep affinity for traditional forms as a springboard to push the boundaries of Indian dance, creating new forms to embrace the ideas of an emerging at the time of Partition. The spirit of innovation—even subversion—within tradition remains alive today, as a vital diaspora Indian dance community actively explores new creative territory. Dancers/choreographers Hari Krishnan, Parul Shah, Kuldeep Singh and Sonali Skandan present excerpts from recent works which build on the traditional dance forms of Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kathak. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion looking at new directions being taken by contemporary Indian dancer working in North America.
Co-curated with Rajika Puri