India Dance Festival 2017

One of the most important European events for Indian dance takes center stage in The Hague this October

The Hague – The India Dance Festival, envisioned and produced by Korzo, joins together traditional and contemporary Indian dance and creates inspiring encounters. This unique profile and the growing interest shown by artists and public have made the festival one of the most important European events for Indian dance. In two weeks renowned international artists and upcoming talents from the Netherlands and abroad present their newest creations.

The 7th edition of the festival opens on October 13 with the world premiere of Aghori by the Dutch-Surinamese hip-hop innovator Shailesh Bahoran. Two international rising stars present their latest contemporary and traditional work: Rukmini Vijayakumar and Sanjukta Sinha. The festival concludes with a community project where Korzo and Kwekers in de Kunst have been working on for two years with 60 singers, dancers and musicians: the conclusion of Philip Glass’ opera Satyagraha in a performance with Indian dance. Opening program with world premiere Aghori The India Dance Festival opens with the world premiere of Aghori – the latest performance by hip-hop innovator Shailesh Bahoran. In recent years, Bahoran has been exploring the influence of his roots in his work. He surprisingly combines the compelling energy and virtuosity of hiphop with elements from Hindustani culture. In Aghori, Shailesh shows what total devotion looks like, inspired by gurus in India who hope to reach enlightenment through years of meditation and training.

International program

From Kathak to urban and from Bharatanatyam to modern dance, during the festival, Korzo is the forum for leading creatives and upand- coming talents from home and abroad. Two Indian dancers successfully debuted in 2015 and 2016 respectively in the Netherlands at Korzo. They are back with their latest programs, where tradition and innovation go hand in hand. Kathak virtuoso Sanjukta Sinha represents the vanguard of a new generation of Kathak dancers. In 2015, she opened the India Dance Festival with an impressive performance. Now she comes to The Hague with her new triple-bill program Kin, with works specially created for her. Actress, dancer, and choreographer Rukmini Vijayakumar is taking the world by storm with her own approach to Bharatanatyam. She distinguishes herself by a freshly athletic technique, penetrating expression, and she is a real inspiration for young dancers. She returns to Korzo with the world premiere of Mala.

Opera meets Indian dance in Satyagraha by Philip Glass

At the previous two festivals, the audience was surprised with the creation of a community project where opera meets Indian Dance. In the year of Glass’ 80th birthday, Korzo and Kwekers in de Kunst want to complete this beautiful project and create the last Act of Satyagraha. 60 western and Indian choir singers, Indian dancers, modern dancers and musicians will perform the entire opera that is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy on non violent resistance.

The 7th edition of India Dance Festival takes place from 13 thru 29 October in the Korzo theatre in The Hague. Apart from the many professional and semi-professional performances, the festival also hosts context programs like workshops, talks, debates and meet & greets.

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