Erasing Borders 2021 dance festival announced

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Now in its 14th year, the Erasing Borders Dance Festival will be completely virtual in its presentation. Ten artists trained in Indian dance forms from around the world will come together in a virtual festival without borders. The dance festival is one of the other flagship events of the Indo-American Arts Council featuring music, film and literature, all dedicated to deepening the knowledge and living practices of the arts of the subcontinent. Indian. Sign up on Eventbrite here to receive Festival updates and live stream links.

Dr Nirmal Mattoo, IAAC President, said: “This year’s festival, celebrating the start of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, will feature four evenings of performances and two morning workshops. For this year, the curators have selected dance works that speak to these reflections over 75 years. Reflecting on the problems of old struggles, new ideas, hard-won achievements, renewed actions and resolutions for the future, the Festival’s curators have selected works where artists consider dance as their personal journey. They reflect on how dance stimulates awareness and how dance can lead a sustainable future. The artists proudly present their dance as heritage and as part of the global world. “

Participating artists include Rukmini Vijayakumar, Preethi Athreya, Sonali Skandan, Kalamandalam Adithyan, Kaustavi Sarkar, Jyotsna Vaidee, Vaishali Trivedi, Bindu Rajendren and Meera Sreenarayanan. The performances highlight Bharatanatyam, contemporary, folk dance forms of Rajasthan, Kathakali, Odissi and Mohiniyattam. New to the festival this year will be the presentation of a documentary on September 23 by Kalbeliya World, an international solidarity program that protects the art forms of women from traditional families in the Kalbeliya community in Rajasthan. Two morning workshops will round out the festival on September 25 and 26 at 10 a.m. ET. The first is led by Dr Krishnakali Dasgupta and covers the Indian classical dance style of Manipuri and the second is a Rajasthani folk workshop led by Aakansha Maheshwari.

“The Erasing Borders Dance Festival was first imagined 14 years ago for local New York audiences,” said Deepsikha Chatterjee, Director of Erasing Borders Dance for the IAAC. “It has always been and will continue to be a transcontinental festival given the emphasis on Indian dance, whose performers live all over the world. Offering the festival virtually allows Indian dance to be seen across the world and in many of its original settings. In 2020, we were able to present a Purulia Chhau dance company made up of 12 artists from the Ashpara Care Club in their village square. Krishnakshi Kashyap performed Sattriya, a 400-year-old living dance form in the temple complex, in front of the deities as originally intended to be performed as a devotional practice. This year, too, we will present Kalbeliya World, a documentary about 12 Kalbeliya folk dancers and their female drum accompanists distributed in three different locations in Rajasthan. And Kalamandalam Adithyan will perform Kathakali assisted by his chuttikar (makeup artist), other dancers and several musical accompanists, capturing the natural flavor of Kathakali from the southwestern state of Kerala. This gave the festival a lot of possibilities. “

“The Erasing Borders Dance Festival is a five-day dance festival that commemorates and promotes the cultural vibrancy and fusion of people who live in New York City,” said Suman Gollamudi, executive director of the Indo-American Arts Council. “Immigrant artists have always been essential to the creative landscape of New York City. In multiple disciplines, immigrants are the key to the city’s worldwide reputation for artistic excellence. community.”

Each evening will feature a panel discussion with performers led by moderators who are among the deans of the Indian dance community, explained senior curator Uttara Coorlawala. Kumudini Lakhia, Arshiya Sethi, Sonal Mansingh and Chitra Sundaram from the UK will lead these dynamic panels.


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