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Description- BARDO is a Canadian-made, dynamic choreographic performance featuring nine dancers and three musicians. The production features solo, duet, quartet, and full-group explorations of Kathak and contemporary dance, set to original live music.

The Tibetan Buddhist term bardo signifies the liminal state between death and rebirth, or between two lives on earth. Like the many faces, and one heart of the Canadian identity, BARDOs choreography mirrors Canadas syncretic culture by using the vocabulary of two distinct dance forms, Kathak and contemporary, harnessing their similarities and contrasting differences as a catalyst for freedom, the possibility of form, and the powerful stimulus for new movement.

De Souza and Wensels choreography manifests this sense of in-between using transcendent movement and narrative, resulting in a singular dance expression that emerges from two places. Equally important to the process of creation is a commitment to building communities of like-mindedness.

The sharing and dissemination of technical and conceptual information learned in the creation of this work will be shared in 7 confirmed community animation workshops. The workshops will afford them, as artists, the opportunity to learn from the participants about local history, variations and practice of the dance forms. In turn, they will share our experience of expanding movement vocabulary and cross-pollination of idioms, a strength of Canadian artistic practice and realization.

Through local performance invitations, BARDO will be promoted and presented in five of Indias major urban centers by invitation of five of Indias most progressive, cutting edge dance and performance organizations/institutions.

The tour will happen in January-February 2018, covering Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Panaji and Kolkata. In each city, BARDO will be presented in premiere venues including Mumbais NCPA Experimental Theatre (in partnership with Chhandam Nritya Bharati), Delhis Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (presented by ShowHouse Events), Bengaluru-Seva Sadan (presented by NatyaSTEM), Panaji-Goa University (presented by the Goa University Department of Music), and Kolkata: G.D. Birla Sabhagar (presented by Weavers Studio and Center for the Arts).

Bardo is a 1-hour long performance with a 30-minute addendum for a QnA session immediately after. There will be 5 performance and 7 community workshops.


Date- 31 Jan, 07:00 PM

Venue- L.T.G Auditorium: Delhi,
Mandi House, Copernicus Marg, Connaught Place, Delhi, NCR 110001, India