SANSKAR weaves a new pattern into the global carpet of dance: the Sanskrit word “Sanskara” means “create imprint” – mental and physical imprint through repetitive action. The festival's logo is an ancient geometrical design that represents the union of all universal energy. SANSKAR International Dance Festival believes in collecting knowledge from all over the world so that it may create an imprint towards the future.
In a world of continuously growing walls, cultural brother- and sisterhood stays existential – the non-profit initiative SANSKAR International Dance Festival brings sources from West and East and from North and South together to make one more step towards a generation which communicates in peace. The festival will be a platform for artists from all over the world to network, inspire and push their boundaries, eventually enriching and upgrading their professional skills through dance.
During two weeks of workshops, performances and community projects, 8 of the most highly respected teachers of the world's dance scene meet 60 dancers from all over the planet. Together they embark on a process of development, inspiration, and creation while contributing to the growth of the future generation of contemporary artists – from India and abroad.
SANSKAR's intention – bringing pioneers of performing arts to share their artistic skills, improvisation methods, contemporary dance techniques and traditional movement forms (like yoga practice and physical theatre) with the emerging generation of professional dancers – means creating access to high-quality education in an affordable way. SANSKAR's team believes that this high-quality education should be available to everyone regardless of any social or economic backgrounds.
Background & Outreach
The contemporary dance scene in India is very young. Neither the government nor the society recognizes contemporary art as a conscious way of expressing individual perception: SANSKAR International Dance Festival involves local communities and prepares them to be an active part of the inspiring time ahead. In two community projects, children create their own dance projects and present them during the festival. Schools are invited to observe the workshops, watch performances 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.
For dancers and performers
With its first edition, SANSKAR also reaches out to Indian and Southeast Asian dancers who have limited access to high-quality training opportunities.
It creates a platform for dancers to interact and develop artistic networks and friendship with fellow artists from across the globe. Teachers share their practices, perform and discuss their upcoming work. Group and panel discussions are planned, observing the current situation of upcoming artists around the globe. Which struggles do they face, and how do artists keep their artistic flame alive? What role does contemporary movement art play in today's societies?
The first edition of SANSKAR International Dance Festival is created with the generous collaboration of Wim Vandekeybus (Belgium), David Zambrano (Venezuela), Roberto Olivan (Spain), Vittoria De Ferrari (Italy), Francisco Córdova (Mexico), Sanjukta Sinha (India), Pradeep Sattwamaya (India), and Usha Nangiar (India). The artists teach 1.5 to 3 hours per day, give lectures and performances and share the process of developing their choreographies. Besides this intense program and daily Yoga practice, the present students have space to show their own productions, miniatures, and researches.