Renjith & Vijna

Korzo celebrates the start of the India Dance Festival with a fine ceremonial program. After the openings ritual, various dancers greet the public with short performances to welcome you and show you the wealth of the festival. After the break there is a special performance by Renjith & Vijna. This scintillating Bharatanatyam duo made their first appearance at the festival in 2015 and immediately made a lasting impression. Renjith is also trained in the martial arts style of Kalaripayyatu, elevating his dancing to an unprecedented physical level. Vijna, with her fluent and elegant dance style, has been crowned 'the Dancing Queen of Muscat'. Their respective qualities merge perfectly on stage. During Utsav, they dance a thematic piece that is centered on their love of nature.

Kalaripayattu is martial art form from Kerala. It is considered to be one of the oldest fighting systems and the ‘mother’ of all martial arts. It is the Orient's treasure trove, a gift to the modern world. The word Kalari describes both a battlefield and combat arena. In this introductory workshop participants are introduced to the basic exercises of Kalaripayattu, kicks that are practiced for gaining flexibility and strength. Renjith Babu will demonstrate a small combat sequence that participants can learn. Get ready for a high intensity workout. 

It goes without saying that yoga and dance are closely connected. Renjith Babu views yoga as a meditative physical discipline that combines strength, flexibility, focus and feeling. In this open level workshop participants will learn yoga technique through asana’s (postures) and the benefits of breath awareness. You will feel re-energized after this relaxing yet intensive workshop.

Last year’s powerhouse duo is back! Bharatanatyam couple Renjith & Vijna are not only powerful dancers, but are also curious about development and innovation. After their impressive Dutch debut, they now embark on a new adventure with a residence at Korzo. And this is done with support by none other than the Kylián Foundation of the internationally famed choreographer Jiří Kylián. They explore new ways of presenting subjects through dance. With a double bill program of classical and modern Bharatanatyam, they show how classical roots can offer new possibilities for the future.

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