Symposium; Embassy of India; November 5, 2014
Dakshina’s 11th Fall Festival; Harman Hall; November 6-8, 2014
Malaysia’s Sutra Dance Theatre; Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center; November 9, 2014
by George Jackson
© 2014 by George Jackson
This spell of seven events in succession left me wanting more. Given the current dance scene in DC, I’ll likely get my wish. The symposium, led by Alicia Adams (organizer of Kennedy Center’s Maximum India Festival in 2011), posed the question of collaboration to those doing Indiadance. Answers showed that the artists involved, as well as their audience, are thinking not just about the interactions of movement, music and staging. Entertainment and education issues also influence choices. Some choreographers and composers are concerned about their obligation to the past plus consequences for the future. Dancing isn’t just for the body but also for the mind or, as they say in India, for the spirit. What emerged in the performances that followed the symposium often juxtaposed the traditional and the individual.