Indian-Danish performance tour in India

In 2013, the Danish-Indian dance project ‘Footprint’ will be performing in Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Kolkata. Later will it perform in Paris and various European cities. Here is a video news release about the project which was recently shown on 56 tv-stations and seen in 65 countries:

See the video by ‘Footprint’ (Duration: 8:30 minutes)

See a report by EuroNews (Duration: 2:30 minutes)

The dance-performance ‘Footprints’ about the walk of Siddhartha (Buddha) is starting a tour in India in 2013. The unique creation was made possible during the biggest contemporary Indian festival ever of its kind in Denmark – ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ – which involved dancers from both Scandinavia and India.

The performances in Denmark were very well reviewed as a rare intercultural encounter between traditional international Indian dance and contemporary modern dance from the West.

Among the dancers from India are the senior traditional solo-dancer Miss Hemabharathy Palani from Bengaluru’s company Attakkalari. After 13 years of training in traditional Indian dance Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, Palani now fulfills and “flirts” with contemporary dance from the West.

The story
‘Footprint’ is inspired by the story of Buddha’s journey towards enlightenment. A journey with Siddhartha (Buddha) through life’s many hardships, faith, grief and pain, pleasure and especially love. An attempt to find balance and harmony in life

Our walk of life tells a story about who we are and what makes us recognizable. When we share footprints, we gain new awareness of ourselves with each other and follow new paths.

Footprint have been choreographed by the Danish choreographer Birgitte Bauer-Nilsen. She hope a new dance form is being created in the meeting between India and the west. Nilsen is Associate Professor in dance and has made dance performances and choreography work in both Europe – and outside – creating new contemporary dance for 20 years.

Media coverage
The reviews of the performances have been great. The expert magazine DANCE finds the result “smooth, harmonic and top delicious”.
 The Danish national morning newspaper Berlingske wrote is was “a unique dance performance”, while another of the largest papers in Denmark, Politiken, wrote that it was an “innovative interaction between contemporary and classical Indian dance, martial arts, ballet and release techniques.” Concerning the music they wrote that it was “a unique meeting between traditional Indian and contemporary acoustic jazz, electronica”.

The music
The music is composed by international Danish pianist and composer Niels Lan Doky, Knighted by the Queen of Denmark – and an array of some of India’s most prominent musicians, such as Purbayan Chatterjee, Prabhu Edouard and Hamza Rahimtulla. The result is an emotional meeting in music.

Niels Lan Duky played jazz when he was 15 with Thad Jones and Ernie Wilkins – and was resently knighted by the Queen of Denmark. N.L. Duky is fascinated by the deep and historic Indian music traditions, that do not use music notes. The Indian music, he says, is mush more difficult – than the mush younger European music traditions.

One of the Indian musicians, Prabhu Edouard, is now living in Paris. Prabhu Edouard is recognised as one of the most versatile tabla players of his generation. He is a worthy disciple of renowned tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh. 

Among the other Indian music composer is Hamza Rahimtula, that is one of the most respected and cutting edge electronica musicians in India.

The dance
The dance is a blend of Indian classical and contemporary dance, but also martial arts and yoga, ballet and release techniques.

 The movements in the dance, that express the life of Buddha, is created as movements through the chakras – as the Danish choreographer Birgitte Bauer-Nilsen explains.

Buddha is danced by Swedish Thomas Johansen from the Danish based Yggdrasil Dance Ensemble. The Indian dancers are organised by Attakkalari in Bengalur, and are selected from all of India.

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