We are really excited to bring this International Dance festival to Delhi and India. This 5-day event will feature some of the best dance teachers in the fields of spiritual dance plus individual workshops and special choreography classes in more classical and modern dance styles of with the option to bring these to our final evening Talent Show.
Evenings will include special dance performances and also the Nataraj Lounge with musicians playing live. What’s more, we will be bringing in the new year in style in this beautifully landscaped oasis with a special party and sacred cacao ceremony to set our intentions for 2019 and to really celebrate each other. The following day we will jump straight back into dancing our passions for the New Year. Jump into the culture and join us with the Lord of the Dance – Nataraj!
Finally, if you are a professional Dancer yourself then you are invited to join us in our scholarship program – we have opportunities for both International and Indian students.
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Contact Improvisation – Freeing your capacity for expression
“All are welcome to a meditative journey where presence meets creativity. Together we will awake openness, receptivity and softness in the body in movement. Free our capacity of expression, meet ourselves and meet others in a state of Presence and Empathy.
We will explore Contact Improvisation through anatomical investigations and partnering exercises enhancing a state of released and effortless motion. How to access intuition and trust to enable Non-Verbal Communication and the capacity of Listening through Touch.
Entering into a deep connection to our own structure and its intelligence, together with being, sensing, creating and transforming in intuitive dance dialogues, traveling on a subtle line where receptivity and intention meet.
We will awake and integrate the Voice in our dances, tuning, harmonizing and awakening our Voice-Body Instrument. In a choral structure creating harmonies and melodies; touching stillness or movement, listening, connecting to the power of our resonating bodies and inner realities.
Presence Joy and Spontaneity will be our guides!”
Biodanza – Dance of Life – Finding intimacy with yourself and others through dance
Although the typical experience of one participating in a biodanza class is that of playfulness, connection, intimacy, dance and joy, the fully vastness of the theoretical model behind biodanza is unlikely (or necessary) to be grasped. The system is more one of experience and its effects are present regardless of the cognitive understanding of what is occurring.
However, it is fascinating to realize what is all taken into account within the system, from the neurological, physiological and psychological perspectives, to the mythological archetypes, studies of human movement and musical effects to art, transcendental states and social action.
Biodanza stimulates our genetic potential through various lines of development into its highest expression.
5 Rhythms Workshops – A dynamic movement practice of being in your body
5 Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice—a practice of being in your body—that ignites creativity, connection, and community.
While a seemingly simple process, the 5 Rhythms practice facilitates deep and unending explorations, moving the dancer beyond self-imposed limitations and isolation into new depths of creativity and connection.
Each rhythm — Flowing Staccato Chaos Lyrical Stillness™ — is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. It is, in essence, “exercise for the right brain”.
When we practice 5 Rhythms, we learn to creatively express aggressiveness and vulnerability, emotions and anxieties, edges and ecstasies. It reconnects us to cycles of birth & death and hooks us into humanity and the spirit of all living things. Within the group context, we create connection and community and hone our instincts and our intuitions. We are made up of all walks of life – every culture, religion, race, gender, age and sexual preference are welcome.
5 Rhythms transcend dance. The movement is the medicine, the meditation and the metaphor. Together we peel back layers, lay masks down, and dance till we disappear.
Only to rediscover ourselves through it all.
Creative Movement Therapy – Explore your unique inner dance and self-expression
Expressive Movement Therapy will explore our unique inner dance and self-expression. Through various movement-based techniques, we will engage deeply with our self-identity, the craft of movement and hence enhance our personal integration. It is through this heightened sense of self, we will become empowered enough to reach out to others.
This creative-therapeutic-expressive movement process will suit a wide range of personalities and body types.
The workshop will use body preparation exercises, creative movement sequences to music, guided dialogues, dance studies and movement relaxation techniques, to strengthen the body-mind connection and the capacity for effective expression and communication. With their enhanced creativity, problem-solving skills, and renewed capacity for introspection and exploration, participants will emerge equipped for resonant and fruitful daily interactions, as well as the ability to use movement activities & games with other groups of children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.
Belly Dance Classes – Allowing from within
There will be 2 Belly Dance classes which will create a choreography piece for students to perform at the end of the festival finale.
Bollywood Dance Classes – Get ready for a movie experience!
Bollywood dance is about storytelling. The songs are from the movies and are there for a particular reason- for example, a celebration song, a seduction song, a love song, a song of sadness. So when you dance it out, you are dancing to the words and mood. Different song s are used at different occasions.. there are tons of wedding songs, which you will hear being played at every Indian wedding.
Contemporary – Not only the physical dances but the whole of your being expresses
In Silence,, There Is Stillness and Also Rhythm… Everyone has a rhythm… “The Heartbeat”…It is The Rhythm of the life.
We all carry our own beat, it is always there. Life is a Dance, A dance we dance on our own heartbeat.
Listen to the breath. Feel the pulse. Feel the beat. Open our body and open our mind. Allowing the body to move the spirit rise…
LISTEN / DANCE/ FEEL. Dance, Dance on it, on The Heartbeat.
What are we doing
Using Contemporary Dance approach, we will have ..
*short excise to listen to the breath/heartbeat/body
*Fluid movement warm up
*Slow stretching movement warm up
*emotional approach dance
* Fun and Beautiful Set Routine.
Who is it for
For the people who are willing to dance.
For the people who are willing to move the body.
For the people who are willing to connect with self.
For the people to just want to start doing something with the body gently and respectfully.
For the people who want to know how to improvise dance and movement.
For the people who are willing to listen to the heartbeat and breathing
Breath Of Life – Connecting through the Chakras
Breath of Life can help you become aware of and experience each of the seven chakras. This meditation is active in nature and uses deep rapid breathing and body movement, accompanied by musical sounds to open and bring awareness to the chakras. As we breathe deeply into each Chakra, it allows us to connect with our body and charge the chakras with energy. This promotes a vertical connection between all the chakras, and lets the energy flow more easily up and down the spine.
There are many benefits of practicing Breath of Life as it helps us to keep the body moving and the energy flowing. It will enable us to bring silence and vitality into our everyday life. While doing this meditation, one has to be relaxed, remain a witness to whatever is happening, and not judge it.
Soul Dance – Carried by the earth and the soul as you touch the sky
Since thousands of years the dance was a connection to the original source, to the source of yourself.
I take you on a journey to this source, a journey to your soul, feeling the elements of earth, water, air and fire, feeling different qualities, sometimes slowly and tender, sometimes wild and dynamic, sometimes opening and bordering, always in a safe sacred space.
You are invited in deep experience enjoyed by yourself, with a partner and the whole group. You will make the experience going to deep emotions and to get to know you completely new. You will make the experience to feel connected with the universe through yourself and the others.
“let yourself be carried by the earth and the soul as you touch the sky.”
New Year Eve 2019 – Start the year in Celebration
We aim to bring 2019 in with a bang!
To do so we will have some a Sacred Ceremony and intention setting with Cacao, Spectacular Performances, Superfood & Smoothies bar, late night DJs and a special themed Temple.
In the Sacred Cacao Ceremony, there is a chance to re-connect to your heart’s wisdom to set intentions of letting go as the old year passes and also of bringing in new ways of being as we enter into 2019. In the warm space of cacao, you are held and nurtured and will experience a heightened sense of connectedness to everyone else around you, others in your life who are not present and to the sacredness of all that surrounds you. One glass of this is provided as part of the festival with further glasses available at the bar. The drink used in our ceremony is made from 100% raw ceremonial grade cacao. It contains a blend of spices and superfoods and is suitable for vegans.
Sacred Cacao Ceremony – Open your heart with this sacred medicine
Chocolate as you’ve never experienced it before – as a medicine in a group setting to create a connection in the community and become clearer about what really matters to your heart
In the ceremony, there is a chance to re-connect to your heart’s wisdom to set intentions of letting go and also of bringing in new ways of being. In this warm space you are held and nurtured and will experience a heightened sense of connectedness to everyone else around you, others in your life who are not present and to the sacredness of all that surrounds you.
What Happens in a Ceremony?
The format is very loose allowing for us to tune into what is really alive and respond to that, rather than imposing structures from the mind. Very often it includes:
- Intention Setting
- Soft Intimacy Exercises (respecting one’s own boundaries of course!)
- Resting as a Group
The drink used in our ceremony is made from 100% raw ceremonial grade cacao. It contains a blend of spices and superfoods and is suitable for vegans.
The ceremony itself lasts for around 3 and a half hours but the effects stay around in a more subtle way for a few hours after this and you can tune into the wisdom by reconnecting to a quiet space. Some lethargy and emotional movement may occur later after a ceremony as there are an integration and rest period – this is a good time to allow all old emotions to just pass through like a breeze as deep patterns are released. Nurture and be easy on yourself.
Student Performances – Space for you to express yourself
During the festival, you will have a chance to take part in classes in various styles and learn a choreography piece from some world class teachers. These will be presented on the final evening as a culmination of the whole festival.
You can choose to take part in the classes listed in the menu above and then go on to be part of the performance – you can also just take these classes for fun.
In addition, there is an open space for any hidden talents you have always wanted to be witnessed!
Live music and Dj’s will round off the evenings’ entertainment as we enjoy one last time to party and dance together – be warned this party can really take off and go late into the night so choose when you have enough energy in your feet to still take you to bed!
Performances – An evening program to relax and enjoy
These are evening shows presented by our talented team of dance professionals that allow you to delight in the varied colors and styles of our team. They will include:
Belly dance is primarily a torso-driven dance, with an emphasis on articulations of the hips. Unlike many Western dance forms, the focus of the dance is on relaxed, natural isolations of the torso muscles, rather than on movements of the limbs through space. Although some of these isolations appear superficially similar to the isolations used in jazz ballet, they are often driven differently and have a different feeling or emphasis, which is usually more subtle and contained.
Correct posture and muscle control is as important in belly dance as it is in other fields of dance, and enables a dancer to move the hips freely whilst avoiding lower back injuries. The basic posture used varies slightly between styles (in particular, the knees may be more or less bent, the weight may be held slightly further back or forward, and ‘resting’ arm position may vary), but a kinesiologically correct posture should always be used. Some belly dancers also study Pilates or Alexander technique in order to achieve a healthy and efficient posture.
Contemporary dance is a popular form of dance which developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance, but due to its popularity amongst trained dancers and some overlap in movement type, it is often perceived as being closely related to modern dance, ballet and other classical concert dance styles.
In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance’s stress on the torso, and also employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well. It sometimes also incorporates elements of non-western dance cultures such as elements from African dance including bent knees, or movements from the Japanese contemporary dance Butoh.
The term ‘Bollywood’ comes from the combination of the names of Bombay (now known as Mumbai) and Hollywood. The Bollywood film industry, based in Mumbai, is the largest film industry in the world in terms of ticket sales and the number of films made per year.
Bollywood films are mostly musicals with very few movies made without at least one song and dance sequence. The films feature love interests, comedy and action thrills. The plots are often melodramatic and often feature star-crossed lovers, corrupt politicians, twins separated at birth, conniving villains, angry parents, courtesans with hearts of gold, dramatic reversals of fortune, and convenient coincidences.
Bhangra refers to several types of dance originating from the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. The earliest developed of these was a folk dance conducted by Punjabis in the central northern areas of the region to celebrate the harvest, and whose general practice had ended by the Partition, 1947.
In the 1950s, a new folk dance, representative of the state of Punjab and composed of glimpses of men’s Punjabi dance styles, was created and eventually received the title of bhangra. In 1954. first-time bhangra was performed on stage. First developed in India and attaining a rather standardized form by the 1980s, the folkloric bhangra was exported to other countries by Punjabi emigrants. By the 1990s, a still newer style of dance called bhangra was being staged in the Punjabi Diaspora, often characterized by a fusion with Western dance styles and the use of prerecorded audio mixes. Aside from these specific dance genres, Punjabi dancing in general, especially when done to popular bhangra music, is often casually called “bhangra”.
Nataraj Lounge – Sing and Dance the night away
PLAYING THE THE NATARAJ LOUNGE WILL BE JEROME, NILIMESH AND YOU!
In the Nataraj Lounge, we have a dedicated space for relaxing with friends in an atmospheric chillout zone. Non-alcoholics drinks, spaces to recline and chat, a dreaming deep experience and live evening music with flute, chello, drums and singing!
Healing Temple – Let yourself be nourished
As well as all the workshops, concerts, parties and events we also have a dedicated Healing Temple. Here there will be a small team ready for emotional support each day who can help you with any emotions that have been stirred up, questions about what is happening or just a good hug and a cup of tea.
In addition to this support, we have arranged for some incredible bodyworkers, healers and session givers who will be offering session slots throughout the festival. A full brochure of these will be available in the healing temple with more details and prices.
Irene Sposetti – Being Motion
Irene comes from a multidisciplinary artistic background of classical music (flute and voice), theatre and dance. Her artistic path Irene is an international multidisciplinary performing artist, educator and choreographer. Of Italian origins she is living since fifteen years in different countries in Europe, India and China. At present she is based in Beijing. She comes from an artistic background of dance, classical music (flute and voice) and theatre.
Her artistic path develops under the influence of many different cultures and it is deeply intertwined with spiritual practices, philosophies and self-inquiry. Her dance practice is mainly inspired by Contact & Improvisation, release, B.M.C., singing, instant composition techniques, yoga and meditation.
In 2011 she created Being Motion, a platform for research, creation and diffusion of her artistic practice mainly focusing on Improvisation; there are converging all her experiences, visions, artistic and educational projects. She regularly offers training in dance universities, schools and cultural institutes in Europe and Asia and she performs and directs dance performances using mainly Instant Composition combining movement, live music and poetry. She choreographs dance pieces for theaters, site specific, galleries, fashion show and video projects. She is part of the contact improvisation Goa festival since 2009 and she is one of the coordinators of the Dance Exchange Program for Indian professional dancers.
I am Mike Skilbeck, also known as Niraj, born in 1963 in London, but brought up in York from the age of four. I was introduced to Biodanza in the summer of 1997 and completed the International Biocentric Foundation training programme, Tutor Training and Didactic Tutor Training over the course of the following 8 years.
In 2008 I started the Dorset School of Biodanza, located at Osho Leela in Gillingham, Dorset, where I also had the pleasure to live for seven years from 2005-12. We are now in the third cycle of the teacher training. Graduates have gone on to seed Biodanza in the Czech Republic and Thailand.
I teach regularly in England and all over the world. I am bringing Biodanza to the attention of the world of tantra and have been successful with this integration by offering vivencias at many events for this community in the UK and abroad.
Yiannis teaches movement as a spiritual practice. He has been deeply humbled, broken open and woven back together again by the dance enough times to be able to hold space for others to do the same. He wholeheartedly believes in the power of movement as a way of reminding us of our true essence: that we are all creative, wild and free and have a huge capacity to love and be loved. Yiannis has been dancing 5Rhythms for 10 years and feels called to be in loving service of others on their movement path of self-discovery. Yiannis is a certified 5Rhythms teacher, founder of Raw&Wild health food company, holds a degree in creative arts therapies and has experience working in mental health and healthcare setting with both adults and children.
Leah Raphael Curtis
Leah Raphael Curtis a choreographer, dancer and instructor from New York. Holding an Honors degree in Contemporary Dance from London Studio Centre, she attended the Certificate Program for Alvin Ailey and the scholarship Professional Program with Dance Theater of Harlem.
She came to India in 2007 to study Kuchipudi under Raja and Radha Reddy and in 2009 she began to study Kathak under Chetna Jalan. She has presented her choreography for the Parampara Festival Delhi, and Natriagendi Dance Festival in Trivandrum. In 2010, she choreographed Memory Space for the American Centre in Kolkata, and performed in the Khajaraho Dance Festival in 2012. She co-founded Delhi Dance Theater (DDT) in 2011 to unite her work in India and New York. Leah teaches workshops in ballet, contemporary dance, improvisation technique and contact improvisation in India and abroad.
Dancer, model and choreographer by profession, Vidisha Anand has been in the field of dance for 14 years. With her core specialization in Jazz, Contemporary and Bollywood dance forms, she has devoted herself to the transmission of knowledge and her passion for free-spirited movement, to the young dancers of tomorrow.
With 4 years teaching experience at Danceworx behind her, she now conducts independent courses in Jazz, Contemporary and Bollywood dance under her own brand ‘ALL THAT JAZZ ‘ And has organized 3 Annual productions since 2012
Payal hails from a diverse cultural background where performing arts are given immense importance and hence has been passionate about dance since the age of 7. She holds a degree in B.E. and took dance classes all through her college life, but her passion for dance made her opt for a career shift only to make the world dance along with her. She is the most sought-after MASTER TEACHER in all the dance festival across India and has taught over 500 students from all walks of life.
Some of her achievements include winner -of the ORIENTAL BELLY DANCE FESTIVAL in Germany & Italy – 2013, 2014, 2015, participating with co-star ‘Sihi- Kahi Chandru’ (regional film director, producer and actor) in the reality dance series ‘DANCING STAR’ in 2014. She organizes the BIGGEST BELLY DANCE FESTIVAL OF INDIA, named HIP-NOSIS Annually with International master teachers and performers for the last 6 years. JUDGED the BELLY DANCER of THE WORLD COMPETITION in GERMANY, 2015 interviewed and featured in multiple international magazines and her students are also celebrities like- ‘Mayuri Upadhyay’ (Indian classical and contemporary dancer) and ‘Sudha Rani’ (Kannada film actress)
Ashwin Bharti became a disciple of Osho in 1977 and is an ambassador of Osho’s vision. From being a successful businessman, he became a philanthropist and started helping himself & others in their spiritual journey. Being a channel for Osho’s energy, Ashwin created Zorba the Buddha, one of the world’s largest open faith spiritual centre and cultural hub.
Over the years, he has received transmissions from various teachers in Sufism, Tantra, Zen, Shamanism, Pulsing, Osho therapies & meditations, bodywork, biodanza, contact improvisation, art and music. Today, Ashwin continues to live his vision of bringing people to meditation as well as celebration and has been facilitating Osho meditations for more than a decade.
Finally, if you are a Professional Dancer/Artist/Musician/Visual & Performing Artist, then you are invited to join us in our scholarship program. Please do send us your Bio.
Dates : 29th Dec, 2018 – 3rd Jan, 2019
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