BECOMING AN INDIAN DANCER?

LONG- TERM- PERFORMANCE- PROJECT, India / Germany 2000-2017
PERFORMANCE, DANCE, VIDEO INSTALLATION, PAINTING, DRAWING


PART I: BANGALORE, SOUTH INDIA

Living together with a local familiy in Bangalore, South India, and studying classical Indian Bharata natyam Dance 2004 – 05.


PART II: BERLIN, DANCE THEATER PERFORMANCES

Performing and Questioning, Berlin, 2009-2017.


DRAWING, PAINTING, PERFORMANCES 2006-2015

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PRESENTATIONS (CHOICE):
Performances at Yavanika Theater Bangalore/India; International Festival of Arts, Bangalore/India; Sophiensäle, Berlin; German Public TV ARTE and ZDF; Indian Embassy, Berlin; Museum of Asian Art, Berlin; Shivaratri Festival, Bangalore/India; Indian Filmfestival Stuttgart; Theater Eigenreich, Berlin; Gasteig, Munich; Parampara, Bangalore /India
Exhibitions at Indian Embassy, Berlin; Aspekte Galerie Gasteig, Munich; Galerie Weißer Elefant, Berlin.

Partly in Collaboration with Manuela Hoffmann (Theater Maker, Dancer, Performer).
With special Thanks to my Indian Dance Teachers Padmini Rao, Savithri Jagannatha Rao and Rajyashree Ramesh and to Ella von der Haide for Dramaturgical Advice.

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THE PROJECT:
In 2000, right after my Degree Show at Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, I decided to dedicate myself to intensive studies of classical Bharata natyam dance in India:
I am exploring processes of transformation in archaic performance rituals, and Bharata natyam is closely related to ancient ceremonies in South India, deriving from 5000 year-old temple-rituals.
This South Indian classical dance form combines energizing percussive footwork and intricate rhythms with elements of Yoga and Dance Theater while incorporating Hindu deities, as an aesthetic artform as well as a spiritual path.

During pursuing this dance studies, I developped the wish to find out, how deeply I could merge with South Indian culture-
could I take on another Identity as “Indian Dancer”, though I was brought up in Germany?
Were these dance classes, my public performances and dance teachings, which I gave to Indian students there, a medium to integrate myself into Indian society? Though there was a huge gap between us, last but not least deriving from politics of colonization and great unbalance in today's world?

In my communication through drawings and paintings, I was influenced these years by hinduistic iconography, searching for a visual encountering with South Indian Culture.

During my performances, I am investigating the space between ritual and art. Through dance, I am tracing the ancient transforming roots of theater:

My body is used as a vessel for strong archaic energies, using the stylized aesthetics, energizing body postures and processes of spiritual enhancement typical for classical Indian dance. While interacting with the audience, I am weaving the realms of theater, music, carthasis and entertainment into each other.

In 2000 and 2002 I studied in Chennai / India with Savithri Jagannatha Rao / Kalakshetra Foundation, and in Bangalore /India with Rajyashree Ramesh.
2004 and 2005, I lived in Bangalore again to complete my studies at Ponnaiah Lalitakala Acedamy in Bangalore with Padmini Rao, with the help of a scholarship of ICCR, Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Since 2006, I am creating performances and workshops, using elements of Bharata natyam dance for exploring and questioning cultural identities and processes of tranformation.

Information about Classical Indian Dance and Bollywood – Performances:
www.indischer-tanz-berlin.de


VIDEO-STILLS / SOME QUESTIONS, 2005-2017

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Foto: Yvonne Reittinger, Sophiensäle Berlin 2011


IL PROGETTO:
DIVENTARE UNA DANZATRICE INDIANA?

2 Video Cicli, 8 min e 5 min, Berlino 2017

Parte I: Lo sforzo e il tentativo, 8 min, i miei pensieri nascosti: In questo video voglio condividere queste mie domande che avevo sentito nel silenzio dentro di me, in combinazione con qualche disegno e un documentario: Convivevo insieme con una famiglia indiana in Banalore / India mentre studiavo la danza classica indiana li.
Parte ll: Fare performance, fare domande, Berlino 2009-2017. Estratti brevi dei performance, 5 min

Il progetto: In 2000, dopo aver fatto il mio diploma all’accademia delle belle arti di Monaco, e anche in 2002 , 2004 -05 sono andata a dedicarmi alla danza classica indiana Bharata natyam in Bangalore e Chennai/ India. Mentre studiavo in una scuola di danza li, cercavo di capire quanta fosse stata la mia capacita di immergermi nella cultura indiana – avrei potuto provare una seconda identità come „danzatrice indiana“, nonostante di essere cresciuta in Germania?
I miei studi, i miei spettacoli e le lezioni di danza che davo anche ad alunni indiani, erano loro un modo di inserirmi nella società indiana? Benché ci fosse un grande divario tra di noi derivando del colonialismo e del squilibro gigantesco nel nostro mondo?
I video sono referenze di questo tentativo.

Fotos:

Yvonne Reittinger: www.if-land.de, Karin Kasböck, Frank Weigand, Isabel Jaden, Kathrin Milan, Matthias Brose, Simone Gogol (Museum for Asian Art, Berlin) und Peter Soboll, Sib Sankar De (Indian Embassy, Berlin), Julietta Wehr