A PLATFORM FOR MOVERS FROM INDIA AND THE WORLD
SANSKAR brings pioneers of performing arts to share their artistic skills, improvisation methods, contemporary dance techniques and traditional movement forms with the emerging generation of professional dancers. SANSKAR's team is convinced that this access to high-quality education should be available to everyone regardless of any social or economic background.
SANSKAR – derived from the Sanskrit word “Sanskara” – means "to create imprint": mental and physical imprint through repetitive action. SANSKAR believes in collecting knowledge from all over the world so that it may create an imprint towards the future.
The non-profit initiative SANSKAR involves local communities: children create their own dance projects, schools are invited to observe the workshops and interact with the artists. The festival will also host workshops in local villages, design site-specific performances and have open-door sessions of the festival for the public.
Information about SANSKAR's next edition will be published here!
INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL INDIA
SANSKAR'S FIRST EDITION
JANUARY 2020: 65 DANCERS MET IN MANDREM, WEST INDIA
The first edition of SANSKAR – from 20th to 31st of January 2020 – was overwhelming in its experience of the participants and teachers alike. The festival was challenging from the get-go and the participants adapted quickly to the work rhythm. Within a matter of days, a family-like atmosphere was created and everyone weaved into the dance bubble in a tiny village along the west coast of India. Two weeks of workshops, teacher conferences, panel discussions, peer sharings and short performances along with SANSKAR's outreach program made the first edition an extremely fulfilling experience. SANSKAR is happy and grateful to have added a small drop in the artistic ocean of India’s long and rich cultural history.
OUTREACH TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY: EL SHADDAI
For its first edition in January 2020, SANSKAR had the pleasure to engage with local orphanage El Shaddai Charitable Trust as part of the outreach program. The children from the orphanage visited the dance festival and the participants had the opportunity to interact with them. Festival coordinator Shruti Datar and participant Eleni Papaioannou, both having longstanding experience in the field of dance education, led a workshop for them. The workshop was a fulfilling experience and bought an element of renewed energy into the atmosphere. The children were then invited for lunch and interacted with the participants from all over the world. Together with the director, filmmaker, and teacher of SANSKAR 2020 Wim Vandekeybus, the team made a return visit to the school of El Shaddai in Mapusa. SANSKAR continues to maintain contact with the education NGO and hopes to help to keep this association alive.