Manasa-Art Without Frontiers presents
Looking Back to Move Forward Dance Festival
July 25 - 31, 2018 New Delhi

June 30, 2018

LOOKING BACK TO MOVE FORWARD is the official 2018 message of the International Dance Council, CID, UNESCO, Paris. Manasa-Art Without Frontiers was founded by Sharon Lowen, Kamalini Dutt and Naresh Kapuria to facilitate the intersections between visual and performing arts, both traditional and contemporary. This festival looks back to the 6 Videshi Kalakar Utsavs and Art Without Frontiers Seminars held at the IIC in the 1990's which brought together national and international arts scholars and writers, gurus and performers. Since its inauguration in 1995 by Pt. Ravi Shankar, Manasa-Art Without Frontiers has worked to acquaint a younger generation and the general public with the harmonious rich cultural heritage of India.

Kamalini Dutt, Naresh Kapuria, Sharon Lowen

The scope of this festival features seminars to consider issues in the transmission of Indian performing arts, bringing up to date some of the evergreen insights, concerns and recommendations addressed earlier. Performances of new and traditional choreographies by excellent young and senior artists, Desh and Videsh culminate on Guru Purnima. The photographic exhibition, A Dancer Looks Back: Sharon Lowen's 45 Years in India, is also a look back at Indian dance in the 1970's in Delhi, Kolkata, Imphal, Seraikella, Baripada. It offers a historical glimpse of the cultural activity of the time. The dance workshop is aimed at contemporary dancers as well as classical dancers on contemporary choreography based on Mohiniattam by Paris based dancer/choreographer Brigitte Chataignier. Her film, Dance of the Enchantress, produced with legendary film director Adoor Gopalakrishnan is a not-to-be-missed visual poetry. Thanks to the India International Centre and Alliance Francaise for their collaboration to make this festival possible.

Looking Back to Move Forward Festival in collaboration with India International Centre & Alliance Francaise

Evolving the Classical in Performance
July 25-27
6:30pm, CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre

Brigitte Chataignier

July 25: Mohiniattam-Traditional and Contemporary based, by French dancer/choreographer, Brigitte Chataignier, founder of the Prana Company in Paris to promote Indian and contemporary performing arts.

Carolina Prada


Divya Dikshit

July 26: Dance premieres of 20th Century Poetry in six languages - choreographed by artists in four Indian traditions.
Carolina Prada-Mayurbhanj Chhau, Dr. Shridhar Vasudevan, Katyayani Gupta, Tanya Saxena-Bharatanatyam, Purvadhanashree-Vilasini Natyam, Divya Dikshit-Kathak.
Created in the Manasa-Art Without Frontiers Choreography Intensive guided by Gurus Kamalini Dutt and Sharon Lowen

Vishwanath Mangaraj

Nitisha Nanda

Madhur Gupta

July 27: Odissi - Traditional and Contemporary
Vishwanath Mangaraj, Nitisha Nanda, Arunima Ghosh and Madhur Gupta present choreographies of their guru Sharon Lowen and her guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, on the occasion of Guru Purnima.

Continuity and Change in Classical Dance Seminars
July 25-27
10am - 1pm daily, Lecture Room-II, IIC Annexe

Pt Birju Maharaj

Radha and Raja Reddy

Manjari Sinha

Justin McCarthy

Rama Vaidhyanathan

Dr.Sunil Kothari

Seminars focus on Authenticity in the Classical Performing Arts, Sharing Classical Dance for 21st Century Youth, Effective Lecture-Demonstrations for Schools & Colleges, Indian Classical Dance Transnationally.

Seminar participants include Kathak Maestro Pt. Briju Maharaj, celebrated Kuchipudi Gurus Raja & Radha Reddy, Founder Director of DD Archives Guru Kamalini Dutt, Seraikella Chhau guru Gopal Dubey, arts scholars/writers Dr. Sunil Kothari, Arshiya Sethi, Manjari Sinha, Sharon Lowen, dancers Rama Vaidyanathan, Guru Justin McCarthy, Brigitte Chataignier and other disciples of senior gurus, sitarist Shubhendra Rao, Founder Director of Sahapedia Dr. Sudha Gopalakrishnan, SPIC MACAY VP Rupi Mahendroo, DG ICCR Riva Ganguly Das and former DG Amarendra Khatua, Paulami Guha of IRCEN, visual artist Chavi Asrani.

A Dancer Looks Back: Sharon Lowen's 45 Years in India - Photographic Exhibition
July 25 -31
11am to 7pm, Art Gallery, IIC Annexe

Inauguration on July 25 at 5pm by Ashok Lavasa, Photographer and Election Commissioner of India. Showcasing legendary dancers and rare performances from the 1970's and '80s captured in Delhi, Kolkata, Konark, Kerala, Mumbai, Imphal, Seraikella & Baripada, an historical window on the cultural activity of the time.

Mohiniattam to Contemporary Dance Workshop
July 28
9:30am- 1pm, M.L. Bharatia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise

For beginner to advanced artists, contemporary and classical dancers wishing to experience expanding a classical tradition into a contemporary sensibility. Paris based dancer choreographer Brigitte Chataignier will introduce basic principles of space, time, energy and motion in Mohiniattam and guide participants in exploring these in contemporary dance.

Originally trained in theatre arts, mime, classical and contemporary dance, Brigitte began the study of Mohiniattam in 1987 at Kerala Kalamandalam, under Guru Leelamma and then with Guru Kalamandalam Kshemavathy, who included her in her troupe for three years and also studied Carnatic vocal music. She founded the Prana Company in Paris to promote Indian and contemporary performing arts, and now commutes between France and India for research, new repertoire and performance, working closely with musicians and specialists in India and France, integrating her own choreography into new projects.
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Dance of the Enchantress film
by Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Brigitte Chataignier followed by Q & A
July 29
6pm, M.L. Bharatia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise

LOOKING BACK TO MOVE FORWARD DANCE FESTIVAL of performances, seminars, photo exhibition, dance workshop and film screening features over 30 artists, scholars and educators who have shaped and are shaping classical Indian dance globally.
By Manasa-Art Without Frontiers in collaboration with IIC and AF.
July 25 - 29, 2018 at India International Center, India International Center Annexe, & Alliance Franšaise


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