The non-profit initiative SANSKAR INDIA involves local communities reaches out to Indian and Southeast Asian dancers who have limited access to high-quality training and gives foreign movers and local people of all generations a unique opportunity to meet.
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.
The contemporary dance scene in India is very young; contemporary art is not recognized as a conscious way of expressing individual perception. SANSKAR INDIA believes that weaving something new into India's old tradition while sharing its powerful knowledge contributes to a world of mutual understanding and interaction.
For its first edition in January 2020, SANSKAR INDIA 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 director, film maker and teacher of SANSKAR INDIA 2020 Wim Vandekeybus, the team made a return visit to the school of El Shaddai in Mapusa. SANSKAR INDIA continues to maintain contact with the education NGO and hopes to help keeping this association alive.