Joining the Dots: Points of Shift, Pause, Discontinuity or Rupture is a conference that works towards mapping the idea of the ‘contemporary’ in dance by investigating the multiple processes of making dance work in our times. By locating and situating moments of shift, pause, discontinuity and rupture in the artistic process, it seeks to connect with dance practitioners and professionals across boundaries of form, genre or region of work. It proposes a series of deep engagements with individual dance makers who have very perceptibly forged a distinct identity for themselves both within and in contrast to the contexts they work in.
Unique in that it is a dance ‘conference’ designed by artists, Joining the Dots privileges the voice of the practitioner, with various engagement formats that coalesce around the binding theme of ‘process’. Through conversations, work demonstrations, master classes, lectures and other formats, we attempt to discover and somehow experience the evolution from the points ‘before’ to those ‘after’ the watershed. It is hoped that this investigation of the processes and philosophies of making dance work – albeit through a representative selection of examples – will help to map the critical work that has shaped the present and will shape the future of dance work in India, and discover connections and parallels in vastly differing experiences across form, genre or region of work.
Joining the Dots is co-curated by Ranjana Dave and Vikram Iyengar, and is organised by Gati Dance Forum (New Delhi) in collaboration with Dance Dialogues (Mumbai). It is part of the IGNITE! Festival of Contemporary Dance 2015.
Follow the conference/ festival blog – http://tiltpauseshift.wordpress.com