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In the Indian tradition, dance was meant to provide moments of connectivity between body and spirit, to which the audience was invited to participate. Dance Routes has explored this objective through all its performances, both in solo works and group productions.

Milestone group productions include Dhara (with variations and changes in cast through 2007/2011), Anganyasa (2010/11), Yatra (2015) and Invocations (2017).

All productions were created using material from the choreographic repertoire of Dance Routes. (See choreographic notes).      

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performance_dhara2006 DHARA (2006)

Dhara presents the various shades and hues of Jagannath worship from Odisha, rendered through a mixed media dance performance.

It weaves together contemporary choreography with the gotipua, sahi yatra and odissi dance traditions, thereby dissolving the traditional barriers between folk and classical dance in the Odishan performing arts.

Dhara has an original soundtrack drawing from folk and classical devotional Odishan music and Hindu tantric chants and prayers. It is accompanied by images of pattachitra painting (also traditionally a ritual art) with English subtext, illustrating the themes being performed.

Artistic Direction:Rekha Tandon
Music Direction:Michael Weston
Photography:Robyn Beeche
Size of troupe:5-7 dancers
1 technical supervisor/stage manager

Milestone Performances:
14th Vasant Utsav, Raghurajpur,Odisha(March 2007)
EZCC Auditorium, Salt Lake City, Kolkata(February 2006)

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