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IGRMS, Bhopal and Australia's High Commission, New Delhi organized a collaborative workshops

Sunday - October 21, 2018 7:54 pm , Category : BHOPAL

Bhopal: Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangarahalaya, Bhopal and Australia's High Commission, New Delhi organized a collaborative workshops under the community outreach workshop based on Tribal folk Dances. Today, in this workshop Bangarra dance theatre and Baiga Dance group exchange the her view. Under the leadership of Traditional Baiga Dance experts Shri Arjun Dhruve with 20 tribal artists participate in this workshop & Six of Bangarra's eighteen dancers (Jasmin Sheppard, Kaine Sultan-Babij, Luke Currie-Richardson, Glory Tuohy-Daniell, Baden Hitchcock, and Yolanda Lowatta) exchanged each other's experiences and dances, in the halls of the museum.

Beginning of the programme involved formal introductions followed by a traditional Baiga dancing. The Bangarra dances then performed an excerpt of the work 'Brolga' – inspired by the Australian native bird, which included traditional dancing from the North East Arnhem region of Australia. The day then eased into the two groups getting to know each other over lunch where the Baiga dancers told the Bangarra group about the symbolism of their traditional tattoos as well as their costumes.  The Bangarra dancers then began a dance workshop which started off with a warm up activity, which included floor-based movement – which the Baiga dancers were enthusiastically involved in. Day two began with a presentation of Bangarra's dance work 'Brolga', to add reference to the day before – with pictures of the native bird also.

The Baiga dancers then dressed the Bangarra dancers in their traditional garb and taught them traditional dancing. The dancing also included a traditional dance about the marriage ceremony. The two days program concluded with performances from both the group followed by Q&A regarding culture and tradition. After lunch together the two groups performed for one another. Bangarra dancers performed 'Company Rice' and 'Tup Tup' (which mean sardines in Meriam language, from Mer Island in the Torres Strait Islands (far northern Australia). The two small dance pieces are sections of the company's work 'IBIS', which is inspired by life in the Torres Strait Islands. 

Bangarra Dance Theatre has had the great pleasure of being hosted by the IGRSM in Bohpal for a two day cultural exchange with the Baiga dancers. The Bangarra dancers were very grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in such a special exchange of cultures. He greeted Arjun Dhruve and his members with the representative of Baiga Dance Group. On this occasion, program coordinator Dr. Surya Kumar Pandey and his colleagues were present.-Window To News
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