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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).      

dhara 2006|dhara 2007|dhara 2010anganyasa|yatra |invocations

performance_dhara2010 DHARA (2010)

"Dhara" became a recognised generic name for performances staged by Dance Routes that combined the skills of gotipua and odissi dance traditions in contemporary choreography.

The Dhara project, created initially to give a new direction to the four hundred year old male-child gotipua tradition of Odisha, provided employment opportunities for those who wished to make a career of dancing in adult life. The success of the project encouraged village girls to join workshops and aspire to be members of the repertory company. Dhara (2010) was a landmark in that it presented girls trained by the project to participate in performances at prestigious venues. For this, new roles were incorporated in the production.

Artistic Direction:Rekha Tandon
Music Direction:Michael Weston
Photography:Robyn Beeche

Milestone Performances:
CSMVS Museum, Mumbai(June 2010)
Sri Aurobindo Ashram Theatre, Pondicherry(February 2011)

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