Photo Gallery 2004-2005
Dancing in Auroville
Searching for the new
In the seventies, Rolf Gelewski from Brazil came to give classes in the Auroville community called Aspiration, on creative dance and improvisation to music. Since then, dance here, even when it has leaned on known forms, has almost always followed an exploratory if not experimental turn. Trying to experience and touch something new or meaningful in oneself and then finding ways and forms of communicating that to others seems to have been the dancer's and choreographer's constant challenge.
How often did we succeed? That was hardly ever the
preoccupation. The excitement of searching for the new and facing its
challenges, the intensity of the work and the group process, is what makes
dance worthwhile, whether in the studio or on stage. One can say that
whenever the effort has been sincere from everyone involved, something
has been touched and communicated. Through this process, dancers in Auroville
are slowly finding their way to a truer or more relevant expression of
the Auroville adventure.
Auroville Dance Group
During the last 25 years several attempts were made to form dance groups. The last one, called the Auroville Dance Group, had for its choreographers Aurovilians Anu and Paulo, and for the first time Auroville's work was taken out to different cities of India in the context of either a dance festival or through separate invitation. These works were 'Cross Roads' and 'Mantra' by Anu, and 'Savitri' by Paulo.
In the early nineties we had the opportunity to work
with a visiting
We have also had the opportunity of seeing many known
Indian artists perform in Auroville, such as Chandralekha's group from
Chennai, Sonal Mansingh, Astad Deboo, Madhavi Mudgal, to name only a few.
Variety of dance classes
Today, even though there are comparatively few performances happening in Auroville, dance classes are going on strong and steady. Currently, there are at least six different classes offered, such as Indian classical dances of Odissi, Bharat Natyam, Butoh, contemporary dance, and various forms of creative and exploratory dance. These classes are given in different settlements, at either the Pitanga Dance Hall, the New Creation Dance Studio or at the Verite Hall. Although most of these classes are geared towards adults, young people are slowly picking up interest, and we hope that, before long, new energies and potentials will take us by surprise, and that both the continuity of dance as well as the spirit of experimentation in this field will be assured.
List of choreographic work produced in Auroville
Dance-drama for children
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