Today I would like to share with you some of the hidden details I feel fascinated about the dances from India (folkloric and classical), and that I usually keep in mind (truth be said, nowadays they emerge spontaneously) when CREATING AN INDIAN FUSION DANCE.
The aesthetic content of the Indian culture is absolutely fascinating; the way the filigrees are traced on paintings and sculptures is unique for each region. However, there is a clear common element for them all: the embellished detail.
CREATING AN INDIAN FUSION DANCE:
Hence my desire of sharing THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DETAIL in the first place.
This includes a wide range of elements that can be represented in your choreography, such as unexpected wink, a hand movement reaching its maximal extension and turning into another one, a head gesture accompanying a music accent…and if you can sprinkle some Indian touch on them, that’s even better!
The geometry of the movement.
India has been bound to dance since the very beginning of its history. Dance is present in infinity of occasions in this country. This is the reason why the sculptures and figures found in Hindu temples are mostly dancers. Their poses are solid and firm.
Make the most of the research to find out how these poses inspire you, their angles, swerves, “empty” spaces… (when the weight of the movement is compensated) to create your own geometry of the movement that reminds of those majestic poses!
Remember: the power of your properly strengthen imagination is unlimited, you don’t need to copy and paste!
There is a specific term referring to the dance expressivity, and therefore enhances the importance of the expression in dance. It is called Abhinaya, and it is explained in the book of dance and drama (or the 5th Veda) called Natya Shastra.
Lastly, I invite you to MAKE YOUR MOVEMENT MEANINGFUL.
A common thread, even a simple one, such as visualizing a character or a moment in your life, or for instance, the very title of the song you are dancing to, can help you make your movements meaningful, giving them a more powerful shape. It can also make your creative process easier. In India, hands, head and gazes are used to tell stories… and everything has a meaning because it makes sense. Make your dance meaningful!
I hope this is helpful! If you want to apply this information to your dancing with me, you can always check my online classroom here, or enroll in my classes or regular workshops. Don’t miss a thing and subscribe to my newsletter here.
See you on the dancefloor my dears!