Dance Routes was founded in 1997 by performer, choreographer and researcher Rekha Tandon, and British composer and videographer Michael Weston. The company has created several full length productions, and many short choreographic works, both for solo performance and for its repertory group, using the odissi vocabulary with multicultural literary and musical resources.
Dance Routes was based for many years in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, where it undertook extensive research and documentation. Part of this endeavour resulted in scripting and producing the documentary video and book “Odissi - A Dance of Sculpture”. It has also presented public lectures both in India and abroad, mapping the process of odissi’s creation from folk resources, and conducted many workshops on odissi technique and choreography.
Another continuing activity of Dance Routes has been its specialised teaching in odissi technique grounded in yogic and tantric precepts. Training is imparted through regular classes in Auroville, one to one sessions, workshops and immersive retreats.
Above all, the focus of Dance Routes has been to connect dance to yoga as an integrated way of life. This was realised by its move in 2013 to the neighbourhood of Auroville, and the building of Skandavan, where the company is now based.