Creating Through Tradition

11:00–13:00 on 19.08.22

We welcome Calcutta-based dancer/choreographer Vikram Iyengar, whose performance work and creative processes are rooted in the principles of the kathak dance form, to lead a creative, choreographic workshop for dance artists with a training in South Asian dance techniques as well as others curious about how classical forms can inform a contemporary, creative practice. 


Vikram approaches the kathak training of rhythm and movement as a series of principles and propositions that enable him to shift out of the formal elements and, through questioning and refashioning, enable a different dance to emerge. In this workshop, he will lead dancers through some of the choreographic techniques he uses in his performance making, responding to current social, political and environmental concerns.

To book your FREE place on the workshop email hello@theworkroom.org.uk

We are able to work with Vikram as he is in Scotland as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is performing Full(er) Circle at Tramway, 7pm on 19 August. The performance will also include a screening of  ‘Water Bodies’, a short dance film made during the devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India, and a conversation with Vikram about his work.  See more information about the performance and booking HERE.

Vikram Iyengar is a dancer-choreographer, curator-presenter, and arts researcher based in Calcutta, India and working internationally. Co-founder and artistic director of Ranan Performance Collective, he also initiated and leads the Pickle Factory Foundation - a hub for dance and movement practice and discourse. Trained in kathak by Padmashree Smt. Rani Karnaa, Vikram's performance work is noted for the conscious bringing together of classical dance, movement, drama and design creating an experience of total theatre. His range of work spans choreography for stage and film, dance and theatre explorations and performance collaborations. This diversity is linked by a fundamental and continuing engagement with the principles of the kathak form and the kathak informed body and mind, exploring and engaging in multiple dialogues to create fresh challenges within, and in relation to, the form. 

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