Sapphire Creations presents
Quarterly Arts Series and
International Choreographer’s Residency
March 27, 2015 Kolkata

February 24, 2015

Amongst Sapphire’s initiatives to spread the word of contemporary dance is this special event series meant to present young artistes from various artistic disciplines with their new endeavours, recognizing them while also celebrating established artistes, scholars, media persons and activists. The venues for this initiative are also meant to open up new non-proscenium art spaces and encourage more and more audiences to come and indulge in art; from cafes, bookshops to art galleries, cultural centers and corporate boardrooms, the choices are myriad. Sapphire believes that it has a responsibility towards the fostering of contemporary arts in the East and the country as a whole and also understands that unless artistes support artistes there can be no awakening in our social and political systems to support and encourage art. The Series celebrated 19 editions over 5 years this December and has presented works by Sapphire and non-Sapphire artistes, collaborations and installations.

Sapphire’s International Choreographer’s Residency (INCRES) is an initiative to continuously be updated in current techniques, trends and interests in the field of contemporary dance across the world. International choreographers, teachers and dancers are invited to come and work with the Sapphire Company and school dancers to give them a perspective of the Here and Now in the world of global dance. Some of the Resident Choreographers have been Michel Casanovas (Switzerland-France), Christopher Lechner (Germany), Roger Sinha (Canada), Daniel Galaska (USA), Idan Cohen (Israel), Darryl Thomas (USA), JS Wong (Malaysia).

Sapphire Quarterly Arts Series celebrates its 20th Edition with Michel Casanovas from France. 

On 27th March at ICCR, Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, 7pm

After a two-weeks Residency with Sapphire Creations Dance Company and some senior students showcasing an outcome of work which has been created as part of this Residency. Casanovas has been associated with Sapphire from 2007, the first ever INCRES organised by Sapphire.

The evening will be both a celebration and a revalidation of skills, techniques, narratives and stories that the dancers have learned, shared and experienced over the years and a culmination of all making this journey so special and enriching. This revisitation together with students, Company members and Michel, weaves the moments and memories for this rendezvous…

About Michel Casanovas:
Born in France in 1965, Michel studied ballet and contemporary dance (also release technique and contact improvisation and graduated in baccalaureat de dance at the Conservatoire de Toulose , France. Since 1982, he has been engaged in different theatres and companies in Belgium, France, Canada and especially in Switzerland where since 1996, he was co-founder with Patrick Collaud of Cie Morespace in Basel. Between 2004 and 2008 he was trained to become a Feldenkrias practitioner by Paul Rubin and Julie Casson-Rubin (San Francisco). Michel is now teaching regular classes of Awareness through Movement and giving Functional Integration lessons. Besides his artistic work and research, Michel’s interests are in teaching dance and body-mind exploration in a functional and practical way. Since 2006, Michel has been regularly teaching contemporary dance and Feldenkrais method in India working in Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata. He now runs a newly opened Centre in Bangalore called Shoonya.

About Sapphire Creations
Sapphire Creations is Eastern India’s only experimental dance company striving to develop a radical, dynamic and alternative idiom of movement led by its young and dynamic Artistic Director & Choreographer Sudarshan Chakravorty. With a forte for innovation the ensemble is fresh, young and exudes a ready awareness of contemporary global concerns. Sapphire has performed with a new idiom for the last 22 years across 5 continents in various prestigious art festivals and conferences in more than 20 countries, namely Malaysia, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Italy, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Poland, Bangladesh, United States, Austria, Spain, Israel, Germany, Czech Republic, Indonesia, India and more.

Sapphire’s work approaches issues of gender, art, relationships, society, polity, consumerism and HIV through a global perspective, South Asian sensitivity and an experimental body stylistic. The Sapphire experiment imbibes ancient Indian body history to relevant modern contact and improvisatory solo and group work methods presenting itself as proscenium, site-specific, improvisatory, installations, multimedia work.

Beyond dance Sapphire thrusts on community building for prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS, promotion of contemporary arts, and dance therapy for different communities. The LINK THE ARTS movement with its sub-initiatives like InArtSync for campus mobilization, Sapphire Quarterly Arts Series to promote new contemporary idioms and spaces and the biennial international alternative arts festival INTERFACE now due for its 8th edition in 2016 are some of the consistent efforts by Sapphire to create a niche for the contemporary arts in India. Currently Sapphire has both School and Repertory sections.

Presented by Alliance Francaise Du Bengale and ICCR and co-sponsored by ADDLIFE Caring Minds and Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.

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