September 15, 2012

Dance Dialogues in Bombay

My new love is Dance Dialogues in Bombay.

For the past ten months, with two dancer friends, I have facilitated a series of informal dance-related sessions that seek to engage with dance in ways that go beyond performance. We did think of various other names, but it felt as hard as naming a baby (though I don't know what THAT feels like), so we've somehow ended up with Dance Dialogues in Bombay, which came up somewhere, and stayed.

I could wax eloquent on how enriching and frustrating it is. But I'll stick with what I just wrote as an update for the Facebook page.

Every time when we're waiting for people to turn up, five minutes before a Dance Dialogues session, we're plagued by existential questions. Why are we doing this? Whom are we doing this for? There are many moments when it all feels so pointless. Today, DD in B completed twelve sessions, and we are still full of questions. And doubt. Perhaps it is a good state to be in.

Yet, after every session, the warmth that suffuses the room swallows all our angst. We meet new dancers; every session tells me a little more about this 'fraught' dance scene in Bombay. Many denizens of the classical and contemporary still show scant interest in getting to know each other (oh yeah!). but there is something about being able to have these discussions that gives us hope and the strength to go on.

We'd love to grow, to have more and more dancers participate at our dialogues, but we can only do this with your support. Support us through feedback, suggestions, in kind, and with your presence at our sessions. We hope to see more and more of you at coming sessions, and we'll endeavour to let DD in B remain an informal and personal space. All of you are part of the DD in B community as people we know, love and care about, and because we all care about dance. Thanks for being with us, and we'll see you soon.
We'd love to grow, to have more and more dancers participate at our dialogues, but we can only do this with your support. Support us through feedback, suggestions, in kind, and with your presence at our sessions. We hope to see more and more of you at coming sessions, and we'll endeavour to let DD in B remain an informal and personal space. All of you are part of the DD in B community as people we know, love and care about, and because we all care about dance. Thanks for being with us, and we'll see you soon.We'd love to grow, to have more and more dancers participate at our dialogues, but we can only do this with your support. Support us through feedback, suggestions, in kind, and with your presence at our sessions. We hope to see more and more of you at coming sessions, and we'll endeavour to let DD in B remain an informal and personal space. All of you are part of the DD in B community as people we know, love and care about, and because we all care about dance. Thanks for being with us, and we'll see you soon.

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