Date(s) - 08/05/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
On the occasion of International Day 2020 Pickle Factory Dance Foundation in association with Alliance française du Bengale on Friday present the Web talk – DANCE INTERRUPTED: Creativity, Constraints, Covid
Ranjana Dave: Dancer and dance-writer, Delhi
Poorna Swami: Dancer-choreographer and writer, Bangalore
Debaroti Chakraborty: Performer and professor of Performance at The Presidency University, Calcutta
Vikram Iyengar: Project initiator and director, Pickle Factory
International Dance Day 2020 was unlike any other. Dancers around the world were not able to gather and dance together. They were not able to gather as artists and audiences to share in the live performance experience and were physically distanced on a day that celebrates an art form that takes physicality as its starting point. Arts have always found ways to be creative under constrained conditions, but the current situation is one that throws the fundamental assumptions that live performance is based on into jeopardy. Without an audience that assembles to share the moments of creation as they happen, the artist and the art remain arguably incomplete. And performance venues – once petri dishes of creativity, imagination and possibility bringing artists and audiences together –– are now prospective petri dishes for the virus, and out of bounds.
During a period when all their experience of performance has been forced to move online – willingly or otherwise – this panel discussion marks International Dance Day by asking what exactly has been interrupted in their lives as dance-makers and dance-audiences, whether we have gained anything in its stead, and what lessons we can take into the future.