Kalpana Raghuraman

Kalpana Raghuraman, born and raised in the Netherlands and also deeply rooted in Indian culture, sees herself as a bridge builder between cultures, traditions, and people. In the course of many years, she was initiated in the secrets of the South Indian temple dance form Bharatanatyam.

In order to expand and intensify her training, Kalpana travelled to India to continue her dance studies and to do research for her studies in Cultural Anthropology into the changing dynamic in knowledge transferal concerning the Bharatanatyam. On this study trip she studied with prominent grand masters and gained much knowledge and experience. After the completion of her Cultural Anthropology studies, she directed her attentions to furthering her knowledge of the nuances of Bharatanatyam. She also gave many performances with traditional Indian music groups in the Netherlands and abroad. Countries where she has performed include England, Scotland, Poland, the Ukraine, Portugal, Mali, Curacao, Bonaire, the United States, Canada, and Italy.

Kalpana distinguishes herself in the rich field of dance in the Netherlands because of her very personal dance style based on the traditional Indian Bharatanatyam. With great knowledge and integrity, she dares to pry loose this classic dance form from its conventions and to make connections with modern dance. With this she places this dance form, which is steeped in centuries-old traditions, in the present, and allows it to have significance for a young and future generation.

At the 2008 CaDance festival Kalpana presented the piece In Between Skin. At the 2011 CaDance festival, she appears in the full-length program Beyond. She appeared as a dancer in the piece Toxic Tears by the modern choreographer Pedro Goucha Gomes, and her choreography Kiss of Life will be shown with modern dancer Sabina Perry.      

The opera Satyagraha by the world renowned composer Philip Glass is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of peaceful resistance. The composer gave permission to Korzo and Kwekers in de Kunst to perform this opera in a new setting with Indian contemporary dance. The audience was already surprised in 2015 and 2016 with the first two acts. In the year of Glass' 80th birthday, this musical happening will be completed in a performance with 60 choir singers, opera singers, Indian and contemporary dancers and musicians.

SIMEON brings together compositions by Simeon ten Holt and contemporary Indian dance with surprising results. Choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman works together with the Matangi Quartet from The Hague and created a diptych based on the famous works Canto Ostinato and Lemniscaat. Kalpana was deeply moved by the passion and sense of perseverance that permeates Ten Holt’s music. In 2014, she created the hit performance Kandam Ostinato at Korzo. In 2017, the musicians and dancers created a new perspective on Simeon ten Holt’s work with, as a subject, the collective versus the individual and the pressures of everyday life.

'The longer you listen to Simeon ten Holt’s music, the more you hear. I draw this as an analogy through to daily life. The more consciously you look at your own life, the more you see, and the easier it is then to move towards change.' (Kalpana Raghuraman)

Theatre choir Dario Fo and the Indian Zangam choir established by Korzo join forces for the large-scale music project Satyagraha. The City of Rotterdam commissioned world-famous composer Philip Glass to write this opera in 1980. This work has only been performed sporadically since then. Enhanced with Indian and modern dance, this contemporary version offers an entirely new perspective on the opera. Parts of the opera have been shown to great acclaim during the India Dance Festival in Korzo. Act 1 and Act 2 of Satyagraha will be reprised, especially for CaDance in an inspiring happening full of dance, singing and music.

The Flamenco Biennial brought two creatives together who are well known for stretching the limits of their own genre with great curiosity. The Dutch-Indian choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman has been a long-time associate with Korzo and at CaDance she will present a stirring musical evening full of crossovers with flamenco dancer Sara Cano.

Cano translated Japanese Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno’s motto – ‘Deepen, internalize from the deepest level in yourself, from your soul’ – into the simmering A Palo Seco. Flamenco, modern dance and Butoh come together accompanied by the penetrating soundscape by Spanish composer Héctor González.

In Rebels’ Cross, Cano dances next to two phenomenal Indian dancers to specially composed music by Jaap van Keulen. They are rebels according to Raghuraman, because all three of them have created their own artistic path. Their unique voices have been brought together: Indian dance styles, flamenco, martial arts and contemporary dance blend into a new challenging dance form.

The collaboration between the Indian Zangam choir and the western Dario Fo choir has been a real treat. They were brought together in 2013 for a large-scale music project staged by Korzo and Kwekers in de Kunst, and will join forces to perform the opera Satyaghraha by world famous composer Philip Glass. The composer personally gave Korzo permission to perform his opera with Indian dance, this time choreographed by Kalpana Raghuraman. Satyagraha is loosely based on the life of Indian hero Mahatma Gandhi and is part of a trilogy Glass made about men who have changed the world. Act 2 revolves around the question of non-violent protest. What is the answer to the violence that surrounds us? The choirs, musicians and dancers already surprised the audience in 2015 with Act 1, now they have the honour of opening the Indian Dance Festival with Act 2. 

What does Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt have in common with Indian dance? In the Indian musical lingo the stirring five-beat measure is called Kandam. Kalpana Raghuraman, who grew up in the Netherlands but is also deeply rooted in the Indian culture, presents the audacious performance Kandam Ostinato. Three Bharatanatyam dancers are affected by Ten Holt's exciting repetitive composition. With fast and tightly executed footwork and slow elegant arm movements, they are carried along on the rhythm’s pulse.

Kalpana Raghuraman, who grew up in the Netherlands but is also deeply rooted in the Indian culture, presents a double-bill of contemporary Indian dance. Tightrope Walker was created specially for Sooraj Subramaniam, one of the best performers of Indian dance in Europe. In this modern solo, a man escapes from his suffocating environment, in which the eye of the other is ever-present; always judgemental. Even if that ‘look’ only really exists within you. In the audacious Kandam Ostinato, three Bharatanatyam dancers are affected by the exciting repetitive composition Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt. With fast and tightly executed footwork and slow elegant arm movements, they are carried along on the rhythm’s pulse.

The Spirit of Frida
After a tour of theatres in London, Los Angeles, Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai, the Dutch-Indian choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman will finally perform her solo The Spirit of Frida in the Netherlands. The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was the victim of a serious accident in her youth, which influenced the rest of her life. Her turbulent life seemed to only stimulate her creativity. Working from her bed, she created another world in her paintings. For Kalpana, Frida Kahlo stands for the power, courage, and limitlessness of the human spirit. Frida broke all the rules and became an icon of freedom, perseverance, and feminine emancipation. In this solo, Kalpana goes in search of the indomitable Spirit of Frida.

Kandam Ostinato
What does Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt have in common with Indian dance? In the Indian musical lingo the stirring five-beat measure is called Kandam. Three bharatanatyam dancers are possessed by the rhythm that continuously pulses like a heartbeat. With tightly executed footwork and sustained movements they let themselves be carried away, create images and emotions, and escape only to be drawn back in. In her new dance piece Kalpana Raghuraman tries to understand why it’s so difficult to just be yourself. How can you hold on to your own ideals in this wild world where we often make the opinions of others more important than our own?

TALK & SHOW
Thu 23 October
19:00 Film: Natyanubhava
post-performance talk

Fri 24 October
19:00 Film: Natyanubhava
22:00 Late Night concert with Saskia & Shubhendra Rao

Tightrope Walker is a strong metaphor when it concerns a man who grew up within the restrictions of a culture of shame. In the judgemental eyes of the ‘other’ the danger of loss of face is ever-present, honour is at stake – even then, when this ’look’ only really exists within you. Tightrope Walker is a personal solo about breaking loose from the shackles of being watched, a perfect fit for one of the best interpreters of Indian dance in Europe.

It all began in 2011 with the community project Door de ogen van mijn stad by Kalpana Raghuraman. Indu Panday, Usha Kanagasabi and Anuradha Pancham participated in this performance together with 20 Hindustani dancers and made a direct impression with their technical skill, sincerity, and expressiveness. They have been working and training now for two years for various projects with Korzo and have taken on many challenges. Exclusively for the Indian Dance Festival 2013, they returned together with Raghuraman to their roots: the Bharatanatyam. In Samarpan they present a series of solos, duets, and trios.

The Indian dance and music culture is very much alive. Many new choreographies are being made in the classical styles as well as in freer forms. These modern forms of Indian dance often use classical dance forms as a basis, but express a contemporary sense of life. Dakshi Dances aims the spotlight on the male body; three solos performed by three eminent dancers: urban dancer Shailesh Boharan and Bharatanatyam dancer and theatre maker Revanta Sarabhai dance their own solos. Choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman creates a modern solo for Indian dancer Sooraj Subramaniam.

TALK & SHOW
Mon 21 OctoberMonday Movement Class with Revanta Sarabhai
Fri 1 NovemberIndian Party

The renowned Sutra Dance Theatre led by charismatic Ramli Ibrahim has enchanted audiences all over the world. Their new program Transfigurations invites you to rediscover the traditions in modern Asian dance and the innovations within the classical forms. Last year the Dutch-Indian choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman - one of Korzo’s talents - was invited to create a new work specially for Sutra. In She Ra, she combines her background in Bharatanatyam and modern dance with the company’s Odissi style. She Ra is about the superheroes of Indian mythology. In addition the company shows two contemporary Odissi pieces; River Sutra en Chakravaka Pallavi.

TALK & SHOW
Sat 26 October
18:00package deal Holland meets India
19:45introduction
Afteraftertalk with Jolanda Keurentje
Sun 27 October
11:00 - 14:00Odissi workshop Ramli Ibrahim

Padme is the sequel to the hit production Door de ogen van mijn stad with twenty Hindustani dancers from The Hague. Indian choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman again combines the forces of a group of young talented dancers. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, ‘padma’ means lotus flower, a familiar symbol in Hindu and Buddhist faiths. The lotus grows with its roots in the mud through a long stem from the water into the light. A better metaphor for human development is hardly imaginable, the growth being a symbol of spiritual awareness and enlightenment. Kalpana gave the image of the lotus to the dancers as a point of departure. Through ancient Indian dance and western modern dance they depict their own experiences with religion and the relevance of spirituality in today’s society. The mixture of dance styles results in an exciting new movement language.

In 2014 Kalpana will work in Bangalore with 8 Indian dancers on the Padme performance. 

Superheroes are usually represented as strong, courageous personalities with infinithe powers. Characters from Indian mythology that are serious superhero material such as Arjuna, Durga, Shiva, Hanuman or Kannagi show us that there is more to them than just testosterone. They also represent qualities such as loyality, honesty and perseverence. Instead of representing these characters narratively, the dancers in She Ra are inspired by their energies and qualities. In this exploration it becomes clear that a true superhero dares to put down his  barriers and be vulnerable. It is this vulnerability that makes a superhero even more courageous and inspirational. She Ra reminds us that everybody has a superhero hiding inside of us, waiting to be discovered and reclaimed

The buzz that The Hague is dancing is not new. Throughout the year, The Hague is a breeding ground for fresh dance talent, the melting pot for local and international dance professionals, and the place to be for important premières. With the dance event Here We Live and Now, Korzo celebrates the wealth of choreographic talent in this city.

For the 2012 edition, four dance makers from The Hague have been invited to make a short piece in a short period of time and to present it as part of a full-length program. These choreographers are: Lukáš Timulak, Kalpana Raghuraman, Jasper van Luijk and Heather Myers.

The Pay What You Want evening will be at Thursday, 22 November (try-out).
Decide for yourself what to pay for a performance afterwards. We recommend that you reserve tickets due to great interest in the performance. Make your reservation by phone 070-3637540 or e-mail info@korzo.nl.

At Saturday, 24 November, there is De Keuken van Here we live and now.

Afterparty on Saturday, 1 December with Marco Santos Live-act / Dj.

DansClick 13 takes you to the contemporary dance from the rich culture of India. Meet and discover the young choreographers Kalpana Raghuraman and Revanta Sarabhai, with a warming-up film, two performances and afterwards a drink on stage.

Kiss of life - Kalpana Raghuraman | Korzo producties
Kalpana, who was initiated by her mother into the secrets of the classic Indian temple dance Bharatanatyam, offers with Kiss of Life an alternative to the role models that the contemporary Indian woman is confronted with: the pious, introverted woman, or the Indian version of Barbie. The ‘Black Goddess’ Kali inspires this alternative. She is wild and tempestuous, as well as gentle and tender. Free of traditional conventions, Raghuraman works through Bharatanatyam to provide a relevant example for today's women.

LDR - Revanta Sarabhai | Korzo producties
Integrating dance, video, live music, text and humor – Revanta explores with LDR the nature of long distance relationships through their myriad complexities and disjunctions, whilst dealing with a fundamental question: how can we find togetherness when living apart and on the move? An affective soundscape layers the interplay of text and movement with a multitude of 'voices' that speak of waiting, desire and the silence in between separation.

The prices quoted are based on Korzo ticket prices. Prices for DansClick 13 tickets in other theatres can be found on their respective websites.

workshop for advanced amateur dancers and (semi)professionals
Kalpana Raghuraman’s style is characterized by sharp movements, use of hand gestures, eye movement and complex rhythms. In this masterclass Indian-modern contemporary for advanced dancers you will learn the movements from the work of this choreographer. A style that has its roots in the classical Indian dance Bharatnatyam and that is influenced by contemporary and African dance.

Kalpana Raghuraman
Kalpana Raghuraman is born and raised in the Netherlands and also rooted in Indian culture. She was trained in the South Indian temple dance form Bharatanatyam and also studied Cultural Anthropology. Kalpana distinguishes herself because of her very personal dance style based on the traditional Indian Bharatanatyam. With great knowledge and integrity, she dares to pry loose Bharatanatyam from its conventions and to make connections with modern dance. Since 2010 Kalpana is an artist in residence at the renowned Korzo theatre. 

workshop for beginners and intermediate
If you always have been fascinated by Indian dance with the elegant handmovements, dynamic footwork and graceful movements of the eyes? Then this is your chance to learn more in the workshop taught by Kalpana Raghuraman. In this workshop you  acquainted with step by step the Indian dance style Bharatanatyam: classical movements with the emphasis on the use of hands and indian rythms. You will learn the movements from the work of this choreographer. A style that has its roots in the classical Indian dance Bharatnatyam and that is influenced by contemporary and African dance.

Kalpana Raghuraman
Kalpana Raghuraman is born and raised in the Netherlands and also rooted in Indian culture. She was trained in the South Indian temple dance form Bharatanatyam and also studied Cultural Anthropology. Kalpana distinguishes herself because of her very personal dance style based on the traditional Indian Bharatanatyam. With great knowledge and integrity, she dares to pry loose Bharatanatyam from its conventions and to make connections with modern dance. Since 2010 Kalpana is an artist in residence at the renowned Korzo theatre 

New Talents
Holland Dance Festival presents big names from the international dance world. But there is also a wealth of choreographic talent in the Netherlands. Leo Spreksel, artistic director of the Korzo theatre, has invited three of today’s talented choreographers to make a new work especially for the festival. They are inspired by urban dance, classical Indian dance and modern Western dance, respectively. New Talents presents an exciting spectrum of choreographic visions.

Towards Dawn
The Indian choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman tackles fear and pain head on in the duet Towards Dawn. With two dancers from Burkina Faso, she has made a duet about the survival strategies of modern man. What do you do if you don’t belong? Or if you don’t feel safe or loved? We like to try to find connection and comfort through sex, food, drink and other addictions, but we also find it easy to build up a ‘social’ virtual life. Kalpana combines her Indian background with the movement material of the two dancers, and walks away from this escapist behaviour in a raw and dynamic duet.

Kalpana Raghuraman, who was initiated by her mother into the secrets of the classic Indian temple dance Bharatanatyam, offers with Kiss of Life, an alternative to the role models that the contemporary Indian woman is confronted with: the pious, introverted woman, or the Indian version of Barbie. The ‘Black Goddess’ Kali inspires this alternative. She is wild and tempestuous, as well as gentle and tender. Free of traditional conventions, Raghuraman works through Bharatanatyam to provide a relevant example for today's women.

Hindustani dancers, who practice different styles, are stripped loose from their traditional structures, narratives, and music. Kalpana Raghuraman from The Hague brings these dancers together and joins forces with them for the project Door de ogen van mijn stad (Through the eyes of my city). Moved by the political developments in the Netherlands, she explores matters concerning identity and the breakdown of society into smaller groups; they also examine their own relationship with the city. You are invited to enter these divers worlds and be transported through the eyes of the dancers.

The Singapore Edition
A celebration of SG50, 'Through the eyes of my city' is a homage to the nation of Singapore with its young history, its diverse and rich communities and its dynamic exuberant energy. By bringing dancers from different cultural communities together, this production looks at how dancers collaborate, how they find each other and how each group has its own qualities and uniqueness.

Kalpana Rahuraman
Kalpana Raghuraman, born and raised in the Netherlands and also deeply rooted in Indian culture, sees herself as a bridge builder between cultures, traditions, and people. In the course of many years, she was initiated by her mother in the secrets of the South Indian temple dance form Bharatanatyam.

In order to expand and intensify her training, Kalpana travelled to India to continue her dance studies and to do research for her studies in Cultural Anthropology into the changing dynamic in knowledge transferal concerning the Bharatanatyam. Kalpana distinguishes herself in the rich field of dance in the Netherlands because of her very personal dance style. With great knowledge and integrity, she dares to pry loose this classic dance form from its conventions and to make connections with modern dance. With this she places this dance form, which is steeped in centuries-old traditions, in the present, and allows it to have significance for a young and future generation.

 

 

Toxic Tears
Holy rivers in India are honoured as well as polluted. Through this paradox, the ritual purification that washes clean the souls of the inhabitants, also at the same time damages their bodies with chemicals. With the use of Bharatanatyam and modern dance, Goucha Gomes shows in Toxic Tears how tradition and the modern day prove to be incompatible.

Kiss of Life
Raghuraman, who was initiated by her mother into the secrets of the classic Indian temple dance Bharatanatyam, offers with Kiss of Life an alternative for the role models that the contemporary Indian woman is confronted with: the pious, introverted woman, or the Indian version of Barbie. The ‘Black Goddess’ Kali offers an alternative. She is wild and tempestuous, but at the same time gentle and tender. Free of traditional conventions, Raghuraman employs the Bharatanatyam to challenge each other.
 

A leap into each other’s world. The Indian Kalpana Raghuraman and the Portuguese Pedro Goucha Gomes accepted the challenge to realize a genuine encounter between Indian dance and Western modern dance. Goucha created a choreography for Raghuraman, and Raghuraman reciprocated by making a work for a dancer trained in modern dance. Both choreographers come from a strong tradition, and both try to expand on these traditions. A collaboration teeming with inspiration!

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