The Times of India partners Gati Dance Forum to ‘IGNITE!’ Delhi with dance

Entertainment | January 13, 2015 | News

IGNITE! Gati Dance Forum

The third edition of ‘IGNITE! Festival of Contemporary Dance’ is currently taking place from Jan. 11 to 18 in Delhi. It is being organised by Gati Dance Forum, which works to create a vibrant engagement with contemporary dance through interrogation, experimentation, innovation and reflection. The eight-day festival across eight venues features performances by 80 artists from 10 countries.

The festival began with Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company’s Scrambled Eggs, a two-hour contemporary piece which brings together theatre and dance, where eight stories unfold while inviting and including the audience in the narrative. Check out the entire schedule on

With the media partner as The Times of India, the conference partner is Dance Dialogues, outreach partner is Khublei and crowd-funding partner is Wishberry. Other partners for the fest include Sangeet Natak Akademi, IDFC, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and Royal Norwegian Embassy. Also supporting the fest are the British Council, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Instituto Cervantes, Institut Français en Inde, National Arts Council Singapore, Outset India, Pro Helvetia-Swiss Arts Council and The Japan Foundation.

For the first time IGNITE! is also hosting a three-day conference titled ‘Joining the Dots: Points of Shift, Pause, Discontinuity and Rupture’ which is led by practitioners. In addition, there are also film screenings titled ‘Of Spaces and Identities’ where they are looking at questions of identity and geography, followed by a conversation with Bharat Sharma, Director, Bhoomika Creative Dance Centre.

To continue Gati Dance Forum’s mission of nurturing a sustainable environment for contemporary dance practice, several street performances, master-classes and workshops also form part of the programme and are being led by known artists including Aditi Mangaldas, Kate Elswit, Rani Nair, Saju Hari, etc. This year Gati is reaching out to friends and well-wishers to support this festival in a crowd funding campaign, inviting contributions ranging from two thousand to two lakh.

Speaking about the festival, Mandeep Raikhy, Managing Director, Gati Dance Forum and Virkein Dhar, Festival Director, IGNITE! said: “This year, apart from multiple venues spread out in the city we will also perform in parks, open markets and gallery spaces. Contemporary Indian dance has been our focus from the very beginning. The form or the content is Indian; either people are making work using Indian vocabulary or it is by performers working in India. We are expanding to South Asia as we have the same cultural resources and similar issues. We have focused a lot on collaborations by inviting cross cultural exchanges. We also always look at established as well as emerging artists, because we feel that there is a lot to be gained from this exchange.”

The week-long contemporary dance festival, now in its third edition, features performances by Indian and international artists.

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