Club Bombay

In addition to wonderful performances there is much more to experience during the festival. In Club Bombay films are shown, and there is space for inspirational post performance talks, meet & greets, and educational workshops. Entrance is free, except for the workshops for which you can buy tickets separately.

Beyond Dance

curated by Nikita Maheshwary

Dance and cinema allow us to see the world through the eyes of another, and feel, see and imagine a possibility of something beyond the ordinary. Stunning and thought-provoking works by brilliant Indian artists and filmmakers have inspired this year’s programme. The films showcased during the eight edition of the festival have been curated on two distinct themes: New Dance and The Uncelebrated.

New Dance
This segment showcases short dance films that traverse between the traditional and the contemporary. The films have captivating storylines, cinematography and creative choreography. While few investigate plural vocabularies that transcend cultural boundaries, some films explore the socio-political aspects of present day India.

The Uncelebrated
This segment explores the contribution and relevance of the artistic legacy of the courtesans, tawaifs, devadasis and maharis. The films highlight their pivotal yet uncelebrated role in laying the founding stone of today’s classical dance forms of Kathak and Bharatanatyam. The Indian National Award winning film O Friend, This Waiting! by Sandhya Kumar and Justin McCarthy traces the devadasi tradition in South India through the medium of dance and love-poetry. While The Other Song, a poignant film by Saba Dewan captures rather poetically the lost traditions and the culture of tawaif performers.

In and around the Prinsestraat you can discover a rich assortment of eateries and restaurants. From Japanese dining at ONI to new Nordic food at Bøg, chique fries from Friet District, and a quick poké bowl at Ohana. Our next-door neighbours at Restaurant Floc have organized an Indian Pop-Up, and in Korzo’s bar you can taste delicious refreshments and Indian fine wines.

In addition to the performances, there’s lots of time to talk, discuss, and meet each other and the artists. There will be post performance talks and during the meet & greets you can meet the dancers and have your picture taken.

During the India Dance Festival you can choose from a variety of advanced and introductory workshops. The open classes of the Monday Movement Class and the introduction workshop Indian dance are open to everybody. Advanced Bharatanatyam dancers can enrich their knowledge during a Weekend Intensive. Next to dance you can participate in and become acquainted with the martial arts style Kalaripayattu and learn how to cook a healthy Vedic meal.

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