Padme is the sequel to the hit production Door de ogen van mijn stad with twenty Hindustani dancers from The Hague. Indian choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman again combines the forces of a group of young talented dancers. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, ‘padma’ means lotus flower, a familiar symbol in Hindu and Buddhist faiths. The lotus grows with its roots in the mud through a long stem from the water into the light. A better metaphor for human development is hardly imaginable, the growth being a symbol of spiritual awareness and enlightenment. Kalpana gave the image of the lotus to the dancers as a point of departure. Through ancient Indian dance and western modern dance they depict their own experiences with religion and the relevance of spirituality in today’s society. The mixture of dance styles results in an exciting new movement language.
18:00-20:00 Indian Buffet
Restaurant Ramna (Molenstraat 12) offers a delicious buffet of Indian cuisine in Korzo for only € 15,-.
India Dans Festival
This season once again The Hague breathes the atmosphere of India; for one week Korzo will be transformed into the Indian dance center. From Bharatanatyam to Bollywood and from Urban Indian dance to modern dance, Korzo is the venue for big established and up-and-coming talents in contemporary Indian dance.
As a special guest this year we welcome dancer Aakash Odedra from London, who has performed solos especially created for him by choreographers like Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and Russell Maliphant. An Indian Dance Battle opens the festival week. The program further includes performances by the Odissi dancer Monalisa Ghosh, music guru Subhankar Chatterjee, the young dancer Revanta Sarabhai, and The Hague-Indian choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman. A selection of fine Indian dance documentaries was made in partnership with the Indian Film Festival The Hague; these will be shown prior to the performances in Club Korzo.
Click here for the entire program of the Indian Dance Festival.