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India Dance Festival Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday is on 2 October. To commemorate this occasion, a ‘Gandhi March’ will be held in memory of Ghandi and his philosophy of non-violent resistance. This day also marks the opening of the Holland India Festivals. The legacy of Mahatma Gandhi is more relevant today than ever before. The world seems to be in the grip of a spiral of violence, and the idea that the answer to violence cannot be more violence is once again the focus of attention. This is why the present edition of the India Dance Festival is dedicated to Gandhi’s philosophy and with him also dedicated to the power and wealth of Indian dance culture. Gandhi’s concept of ‘Satyagraha’ concerns the power of the body to mentally resist violence. Indian culture is based on the conviction that body and spirit are one. The body is our home and we must cherish it to bring the spirit to fruition. With that, Indian dance could well be India’s most important export product. It is this wealth that the India Dance Festival wishes to present in all its facets. The festival has a unique formula because it shows the dance as a living art form where traditions and modernity flow together in new forms, much like it happens in many areas of India. The festival program shows how the image of India has changed. With a running time of six hours, the movie Phantom India shows fantastic images of India in the Sixties. Film director Louis Malle’s typically western view of India is equally revealing. The festival, however, aims to give a totally different view of India.

The top of the Indian dance scene is represented with great, confident talents such as Sanjukta Sinha and Rukmini Vijayakumar. The innovative production Geetopadesham brings the fantastic dance theater form Kathakali together with the North Indian Kathak. The two young Odissi dancers Supriya Sardar and Raju Mishra work together during a residence at Korzo on a new contemporary form of their dance style. And then there are dance talents who have each built a special relationship with the festival, such as Shailesh Bahoran who sought inspiration with the Aghori’s, Kalpana Raghuraman who gave a new dimension to the music of Simeon ten Holt, and Hari & Chethana who again give shape to their research of Kathak to classical western music. And as always we give local talent a platform with Colours of India and the program Siddhi. At the end of the program we return to Mahatma Gandhi and Satyagraha. 2017 is the year in which the Philip Glass’ opera Satyagraha reaches its conclusion with the realization of the third act. At a running time of three hours, the entire opera will be performed by over 60 singers, dancers and musicians; an experience not to be missed. In short; India lives in The Hague. I cordially invite you to come and enjoy. Leo Spreksel Artistic director Korzo

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Programma India Dans Festival 2017  

Korzo viert ieder jaar in oktober twee weken lang de rijke Indiase dans en cultuur tijdens het India Dans Festival. Van Kathak tot urban en...

Programma India Dans Festival 2017  

Korzo viert ieder jaar in oktober twee weken lang de rijke Indiase dans en cultuur tijdens het India Dans Festival. Van Kathak tot urban en...

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