de la danse Indienne
- Katia Légeret, eminent scholar from Sorbonne University in Paris,
author of books on Indian dance, and professional Bharatanatyam dancer,
gave a lecture about transmission and perception of Indian dance in France.
A showcase open to creation was held on Saturday, and a performance mixing
Indian dance and French medieval poetry happened on Sunday.
"I found the
festival to be pleasant and well-organised. Montpellier is a beautiful
city, quite easily reachable by land and air. The festival venue was spacious,
peaceful and easy to find. The organisation was helpful, friendly and efficient.
Furthermore, the treatment by the organisers was very humane and personal,
which I consider a big plus: since I was a foreigner in Montpellier, didn't
know anybody and hardly speak French, this made me feel at ease and at
home right away. I found the Odissi workshop, to be very insightful and
what I would consider "authentic," as well as very enjoyable. The same
goes for the Mohiniattam workshop. I liked that, even though it was a discovery
course, they insisted on correct posture and meaning of the dance moves,
instead of just trying to make it funny or enjoyable in a "westernised"
way. The aspect of the dance that does not come alive in a class was very
well illustrated by the performances and I was lucky to attend one of them.
For me the festival was a valuable experience that made me decide to pursue
acquaintance with Odissi beyond the discovery level and I am looking forward
to participating in any of the festivalís subsequent editions," says Lena
Kanellou, a Spanish spectator.
The purpose of this event was to promote the different styles of Indian dance, to encourage interaction between artistes from different backgrounds, and also to support creation, reflection and academic research. In France, institutions, festivals and other events are not well developed in Indian dance. It is quite surprising when we compare to the number of practitioners and ICCR scholars and artistes of the territory. This project was a first step to gather the different practises and initiatives.
The first edition's
success encourages us to plan a new one for October 2009 that we dream
with a more European dimension.
Romero is an organiser and student of Odissi.