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by Anika Bendel & Vikram Iyengar

(c) Krishnendu Adhikari(c) Krishnendu Adhikari

(c) Krishnendu Adhikari(c) Krishnendu Adhikari
(c) Krishnendu Adhikari(c) Krishnendu Adhikari

A research workshop on the influence of western improvisation techniques

on the Indian classical dance form kathak


Creative processes of different dance forms are extremely diverse. They emerge from their particular contexts and histories, structures, body and movement principles, training styles and methods, and individual inputs. This project explores the possible influence and worth of sharing specific creativ techniques between two forms from different cultures and contexts.

How can two western improvisation techniques – the Improvisation Technologies of William Forsythe and the Nine-Point System of Amanda Miller – be applied to the movement concepts of the classical Indian dance form of kathak.

The term ‘Improvisation’ is common in both cultures, but its interpretation and use is markedly different. It is this area of multiple readings and perceptions that the workshop conductors – Anika Bendel from Germany and Vikram Iyengar from India – are interested in.

During a ten day residency the dancers from Ranan Performance Collectiv engage with different concepts and principles of body, space and movement. The audience is invited to share this collaborativ experience through an informal lecture performance.




The process culminated in an informal lecture performance on 30th of September 2016, at the Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata, 6.30 pm.

The residency was facilitated by Anika Bendel and Vikram Iyengar.

The particpants are dancers from Ranan Performance Collectiv Debashree Bhattacharya, Sohini Debnath, Samila Bhattacharya, Rhea Dawn and Indudipa Sinha with guest participant Shoma Sharmin from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The residency took place from 16 to 30 September 2016 at Ranan Workspace and is supported by the Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata.




30 Sep 2016, 6.30 pm


Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan

  (Park Mansions, Gate 4, 57A, Park St, Kolkata, India)