10 March (Sunday) Programme Rundown

15:00–15:30

Indian Dance Workshop 1

16:45–17:35

Indian Dance Workshop 2 and Performance by Shilpika Bordoloi

Programme Description

For the final WE Dance session of the season, we are delighted to welcome Indian movement artist Shilpika Bordoloi. Trained in Indian classical dance, Shilpika uses her work to explore new forms of expression using the essence of traditional dance. 

In the workshop sessions, Shilpika introduces some of the movements of Sattriya, a classical form of dance from Assam in Northeast India where she grew up. Accompanied by musicians Mukunda Madhab Borah and Paramananda Kakaty Borbayan, Shilpika will also perform excerpts from her work Majuli, a contemporary dance tale about an island and its people that blends traditional practices with a modern aesthetic.

Free admission. No registration required.

About Shilpika Bordoloi

At the age of three, Shilpika Bordoloi began her training in the Indian classical dance form of Manipuri and later in Bharatanatyam. Gradually, finding herself limited in the classical nuances, she expanded her knowledge to martial arts, such as chi gong and tai chi. She also studied the didgeridoo and the Iranian daf, and obtained a master's degree in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi.

Shilpika’s work is deeply inspired by nature and she has been directly engaging with subjects/stories from within.

Her original work has been invited to perform in all major festivals in India, as well as at festivals in Scotland, Italy, Egypt, Russia, China, Japan and Switzerland. In 2015, Shilpika was awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar award for Contemporary/Experimental Dance by The National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama. She works as a visiting member of faculty at the National School of Drama and other schools for dance and acting.

Read more about Shilpika Bordoloi.

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