A two – day contemporary dance festival organized by Goethe – Institut Bangladesh, in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy ended on Wednesday .
The dance festival which was organized under the Young Choreographers’ Platform Project 2018 initiated by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, aimed to provide stage to the talented Bangladeshi young contemporary dance choreographers and dancers to transmit their thoughts of present-day Bangladesh through contemporary dance forms and styles. The platform offered selected Bangladeshi choreographers the opportunity to develop Bangladeshi contemporary dance forms and styles.
A month-long workshop was held in November 2018 under the mentorship of the Bremen based artistic director of the Young Choreographers Platform, noted German choreographer and dancer Tomas Bünger. The audience enjoyed some outstanding contemporary dance performances on stage during this festival.
Tomas Bünger is a classical and modern stage dancer and has worked with many international choreographers. He deals with the transmission of movement knowledge in the most diverse areas of society, including inclusion. He also attaches particular importance to the integration of underage refugees in artistic processes with young people.
Director of Goethe Institut Bangladesh Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch said, “The platform offers the young talented choreographers to get a chance to develop their own pieces and to develop their own language of contemporary dance forms and science. Contemporary here means finding the language of movement for today’s challenges and societal observation. The dancers here showcased life expression, society, aspirations and dreams of every person’s day to day life”.
On both the evenings, young Bangladeshi choreographers, accompanied by other dancers brought a total number of 11 performances on stage that they have developed over the last months.
The performances were centered around topics such as struggle of the daily life as a dancer and a human being in the present Bangladeshi society, dispute between a female and a male species, a woman’s survival of abuse, religion as a weapon for segregating people, effects of drug addiction in society, bonding of siblings and others.
“The presentation showed the views of the performers of contemporary Bangladesh and transmit it through contemporary dance will speak for themselves. The dance gave a great meaning and good messages to the society”, Kirsten Hackenbroch added.
The choreographers and performers were Anindita Khan, Bristi Bepari, Sudeshna Swayamprabha, Tahnun Ahmedy, Snata Shahrin, Moumita Roy Joya, Parvin Sultana Kolly, Md Farhad Ahmed, Mehraj Haque Tushar, Md Eashin Arafat and Md Ariful Islam Arnab.