Kalpanarts and Korzo facilitates donations to The Hunger Project via the performance Superhuman: Our Inner Darkness. This international NGO works in 22 countries on a sustainable end to chronic hunger.

Kalpana Raghuraman recognizes the 'super powers' of the people with whom she works. The Hunger Project uses the same method and puts local village council members in their power to contribute effectively to a future without hunger and poverty. This is also the case in India, where women are the key to making a sustainable end to chronic hunger. Since 2000, The Hunger Project has already supported 175,000 women village council members in India through their leadership program Odisha's 100 - or rather: Superhumans - during their 5-year election period.

The theme of the performance Superhuman: Our Inner Darkness and the working method of Kalpana matches beautifully with the work of The Hunger Project. That is why Kalpanarts starts a donation fund in collaboration with the theaters, where you can donate to The Hunger Project. Donations can be as little as 1 Euro.

Superhuman: Our Inner Darkness

Kalpana grew up in the Netherlands in an Indian family. As a little girl she devoured many Indian mythological comic strips, in which to her surprise good and bad characters were less one-sided than in Western culture. A superhero could also be bad. This openness about the inner darkness that lies within all of us fascinates Kalpana. In Superhuman: Our Inner Darkness she creates a new superhero through a symbiosis of Indian dance, contemporary dance, music composed by Simone Giacomini and live vocals of Lotta Sophie Bakker. A hero who also dares to show the inner darkness, a superhuman.

Friday 2 (premiere) and Saturday 3 November. Read more and order tickets.

Odisha's 100

Odisha's 100 is a network that makes itself strong for female leaders in India. A group where 100 special and passionate Dutch women come together. Who want to change the world together and invest in a clear goal: an end to hunger in Odisha, India. How? By supporting female village council members in their political term. A silent revolution is taking place in India: tens of thousands of female village council members in the countryside pull their village out of deep poverty. On their own, they already move mountains, but together they cannot be stopped. What can we learn in the Netherlands from these unlikely leaders? And what can we do to make their success inescapable?

25 Oct 2018

During the opening of the India Dance Festival on Friday, 19 October the scintillating Bharatanatyam duo Renjith & Vijna were supposed to present the new performance Samavāya. Due to illness, Renjith Babu will present a special solo adaptation.

19 Oct 2018

The India Dance Festival has presented many classical Indian dance styles throughout the past years. From the well-known Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi, to more rare performances of Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam. But never before has the festival shown the dance style Manipuri. The organizers of the India Dance Festival 2018 are very proud to present to you:

Bimbavati Devi

Being the daughter of renowned classical Manipuri dancers & dance exponents, Guru Bipin Singh and Guru Kalavati Devi, Bimbavati Devi was initiated into the world of dance and music at a very tender age. Besides dancing, she has also undergone training in pung (Manipuri mridang) playing and the basics of thang ta (Manipuri martial art). As a solo and performing artiste of Manipuri Nartanalaya, one of the pioneer institutions of Manipuri dance in India founded by her parents and the well-known Jhaveri sisters, she has performed in various prestigious dance programs and festivals of India and abroad. A classical dancer par excellence, Bimbavati is now engaged in empirical choreographies based on Manipuri dance and experimenting with new idioms that expand the vocabulary of movements, following the path shown by her father. She is now the artistic director of Manipuri Nartanalaya.

'...a brilliant Manipuri dancer tried to stick to the vocabularies of Manipuri in all its purity while combining it with an innovative and intelligent way of presentation.' (The Telegraph)

'Bimbavati came up with a choreography that bears testimony to her creativity and repertoire. She is an accomplished dancer who has inculcated within her the finer points of Manipuri dance from her illustrious parents.' (Hindustan Times)

Indian Heritage Night

Bimbavati Devi will perform at the India Dance Festival in the double-bill Indian Heritage Night. The first part of the program will show a Kathakali duet. The second part is called Seeking the Infite danced by Bimbavati.

Saturday 27 October, 19.00
Sunday 28 October, 14.00
more info & tickets


Manipuri dance, also known as Jagoi, is one of the major Indian classical dance forms, named after the region of its origin – Manipur, a state in northeastern India bordering with Myanmar (Burma), Assam, Nagaland and Mizoram. It is particularly known for its Hindu Vaishnavism themes, and exquisite performances of love-inspired dance drama of Radha-Krishna called Raslila. The Manipuri dance is a team performance, with its own unique costumes, aesthetics, conventions and repertoire.  For most part it is marked by  a performance that is graceful, fluid, sinuous with greater emphasis on hand and upper body gestures. It is accompanied with devotional music created with many instruments, with the beat set by cymbals (kartal or manjira) and double-headed drum (pung or Manipuri mrdanga) of sankirtan. See Wikipedia.

16 Oct 2018

Today Korzo announces the first performances of the India Dance Festival 2018. The festival that has become one of the leading European events for Indian Dance, is expanding with new festival locations in The Hague and a tour of the opera Satyagraha.

From 19 October thru 3 November, the melting pot for traditional and contemporary Indian dance presents a notably diverse program including world premieres, up-and-coming talent from the Netherlands and performances by Indian dance makers rarely if ever seen in the Netherlands. An example is the major production Thari-The Loom by Indian dance icon Malavika Sarukkai; the Indian Bharatanayam star Rukmini Vijayakumar will be in The Hague with new work developed during her residence at Korzo. Kalpana Raghuraman from the Netherlands premieres her latest multidisciplinary performance Superhuman: Our Darkness. In addition, the India Dance Festival will also be enriched with concerts by musicians such as harpist Lavinia Meyer and tabla player Heiko Dijker; a workshop program, a conference for the Indian dance community in the Netherlands and dance films.

Ticket sales for the first performances start on Wednesday, 6 June at noon.

Early bird tickets

From Wednesday, 6 June noon until Wednesday, 13 June noon, you can buy early bird tickets for the performance of Rukmini Vijayakumar on Friday, 26 October. You will receive 50% discount on every 2nd ticket and pay € 27,- (online € 24,-) for two tickets. Order here (via the Dutch website).

A passe-partout for the whole festival is available for € 50,- (normal price € 55,-). Order.

Bharatanatyam Weekend Intensive

Rukmini Vijakumar will be giving two Weekend Intensives during her residence. The first weekend already took place in May 2018. The second weekend is scheduled for 6 and 7 October. More information & tickets.

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06 Jun 2018

Bharatanatyam dancer, actrice and choreographer par excellence Rukmini Vijayakumar received the coveted international residency at Korzo in 2018. With support of the Kylián foundation, she will  work in Korzo on the innovation of her dance idiom. She will create a contemporary choreography that will premiere at the India Dance Festival 2018. At the same time she will teach her knowledge and skills onto Dutch Bharatanatyam dancers in a two-part Weekend Intensive for intermediate and advanced dancers.

About Rukmini Vijayakumar

Rukmini Vijayakumar takes the world by storm with her own approach to Bharatanatyam. Alastair Macaulay wrote in the New York Times: ‘she has a stirringly beautiful face, with burning eyes that repeatedly catch the observer’s breath (…) she is the first Bharatanatyam dancer I can remember to do the splits.’ The latter reveals her background in contemporary dance and ballet. Rukmini stands out with her fresh, athletic technique, compelling  expression and is a true inspiration for young dancers. Korzo is excited to offer her an international residence after her successful debut in 2016 and her world premiere of Mala during the India Dance Festival 2017. She will work as an artist-in-residence on a new solo and will explore new expressions within her dance style

Rukmini has been working on new ways of choreographing for a couple of years in which she places the classical dance idiom in a contemporary context. By telling new stories her Bharatanatyam style is organically placed and translated into a modern aesthetic. This is a work ethic that suits the way Korzo programs and produces the India Dance Festival: no folklore, but inspired new and classical Indian dance with a contemporary view whilst still recognizing tradition.

Bharatanatyam Weekend Intensive by Rukmini Vijayakumar in The Hague

During her residency in the months of May and October Rukmini will extend her knowledge and skills to Bharatanatyam dancers in The Netherlands by teaching two Weekend Intensives for intermediate and advanced dancers.

In the Morning Intensives she will focus on technique and posture. In the afternoon Rukmini will teach challenging dance items in nritta as well as abhinaya. She will give special attention to the tala; the intentions and backgrounds of an item and character development. This way, participants will gain more knowledge regarding the choices of choreographing an item.

More info Weekend Intensive & tickets

20 Apr 2018

Aditi Mangaldas, regarded as one of the most influential choreographers from India of the last 20 years, was nominated for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) at the UK Critics Circle National Dance Awards for her performance in Inter_rupted (co-produced by Dance Umbrella, London). Read more

17 Apr 2018
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