Shailesh Bahoran

Shailesh Bahoran is a versatile hiphop dancer and choreographer who distinguishes himself through his phenomenal technique, originality and expression. He has firm roots in the hiphop culture but is certainly not afraid to think outside the box. “In the end it’s all dance” according to Bahoran.

At the end of the nineties the breakdance virus took hold of him. He mastered various styles: bboying, locking and popping and made a name for himself and for his crew Illusionary Rockaz in the battle circuit. In 2002, Shailesh and the Rockaz created the first Dutch hip-hop dance performance Age of Chaos. Since then he has become a much sought-after dancer, coach, and choreographer in the theater scene. He has worked with companies and groups such as The Dutch National Ballet, Don’t Hit Mama, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, and the Amsterdam Academy for the Arts. Since 2011, Shailesh is connected with the crossover dance company ISH as a dancer and choreographer.

In 2013 he received the New Makers subsidy from the Fonds Podiumkunsten. In the productions to be made during this development program, Bahoran will use his Hindustani background as a source of inspiration. These productions are produced by Spin Off and Korzo production in collaboration with Ish. His first solo, Heritage, which he created in this course for the India Dance Festival, was nominated for the Danspublieksprijs 2014.

Our roots lay in history and also form the foundation for the future. In Shai, hip hop dancer and choreographer Shailesh Bahoran – who, for his work, often finds inspiration in his Hindustani background – goes in search of the effect of earlier and future lives on his personality today together with the experimental film maker Shueti.

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.

In his work, hip-hop innovator Shailesh Bahoran is inspired by his roots. In surprising ways, he combines the compelling energy and virtuosity of hip-hop with elements of Hindustani culture. In the dance performance Aghori, Shailesh shows what total devotion looks like. The most important inspiration for this performance was the ‘Aghori’, Indian gurus who aim to attain enlightenment through years of meditation and training. Through unending mental and physical training, they make their way past countless sins, temptations, and emotions, to finally leave everything behind. Because only then can you experience the world in its true form.

Interlude
In the short dance film Interlude, the main character battles for her ideas with strength and vulnerability. She dances for acceptance through the loneliness her passion sometimes brings. The film was shown at numerous international festivals and won the award for Best Choreography at the Film Art Dance Festival in North Carolina.
2015 | 10 min

Homing
Homing tells the story of a girl brought up by a pack of wolves and who returns into the civilized world of a city. On her journey she comes across different characters that have a lasting impact on her life and behavior.
2014 | 29 min

Shai
Our roots lay in history and also form the foundation for the future. In Shai, hip hop dancer and choreographer Shailesh Bahoran – who, for his work, often finds inspiration in his Hindustani background – goes in search of the effect of earlier and future lives on his personality today together with the experimental film maker Shueti.
2016 | 10 min

Program

15:00 Interlude Jelena Kostić & harrie Verbeek
15:10 Homing Marina Mascarell & Xabier Iriondo
15:40 introduction on Shai
16:00 Shai Shailesh Bahoran & Shueti (voorpremière)
16:15 aftertalk

The versatile hip-hop dancer and choreographer Shailesh Bahoran works as an artist in residence with Korzo and ISH where he connects his dance and Hindustani roots. He likes to look for inspiration in many directions. For Ignite, he goes back to the origins of energy. Everything is energy. Our muscles tense and the earth speeds through space. Tiny electric impulses shoot through our brains, shout at our bodies that we want to run. The match ignites a fierce flame. Philosophers, scientists, and the faithful of all manner of religions wrote volumes about it, from complex theories to poetic stories. Ignite promises to be an inspiring performance teeming with energy, so that you leave the auditorium fully charged.

Crosstown celebrates its 10th anniversary! Korzo’s successful youth program offers young people from the age of 14 the chance to discover and develop their creative dance ambitions under professional supervision. The most talented dancers make performances with professional choreographers at the highest level. An urban dance program is compiled with work by two very original choreographers, especially for schools. In the group piece Sleepwalkers by Lloyd Marengo, we see an urban mixture of rhythms and cultures. He searches with the dancers for memories of loved ones. Shailesh Bahoran created a solo for Zahira Suliman, who has developed through Crosstown into a professional dancer.

Highlights from DANSLOKAAL 2 – the talent development project by Conny Janssen Danst. With works by: Shailesh Bahoran, Roser López Espinosa & Conny Janssen.

In DANSLOKAAL, young dancers are afforded the chance each year to develop new work with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst. The talented choreographers Shailesh Bahoran (Korzo Productions) and Roser López Espinoza (Dansateliers) made a strong impression in the second edition of DANSLOKAAL. After a series of performances in Rotterdam, Conny Janssen Danst now offers these young creatives a national platform with ROTTERDAMSE LENTE on tour. The evening will be complemented with a new short choreography by Conny Janssen.

Tickets for the try-out on thursday 28th are € 12,- (€10,- online)

With DansClick’s successful formula, Korzo offers the public a great experience with the latest generation of dance makers. A DansClick evening begins with a video portrait in which the creatives introduce themselves. After the performance, the audience is invited to an Aprés Dans on stage to enjoy drinks and chat with the artists. It’s a unique chance to discover and meet the latest generation of choreographers. During the 17th edition of DansClick, Korzo producties presents two choreographers who together reflect the exciting diversity of Dutch dance: hip-hop miracle Shailesh Bahoran and NDT talent Fernando Hernando Magadan.

Urban dancer Shailesh Bahoran presents a challenging mixture of hiphop, popping, and breakdance, also taking inspiration from Indian dance. In Lalla Rookh he brings a poignant tale from Hindustani history to life. With the tragi-comical duet (d)elusive minds, NDT dancer Fernando Hernando Magadan presents his credentials as a choreographer to the Dutch public. The performance, set to music by Schubert, is based on the true story of a patient with Capgras syndrome, a mental illness whereby a person is convinced that they have been replaced by an identical imposter.

This year, the exciting location project 4x4 will be staged for the third time; again the project will show you The Hague in a totally unorthodox way. This time, the walking tour weaves through the Old Town Center, a dynamic urban district full of history, creativity, and entrepreneurship. A diverse group of choreographers and artists are invited to create performances for four special locations. Let yourself be carried away on this journey of discovery, where you experience the performers up close and get a new and challenging perspective on dance and this dazzling ever-changing part of the city.

Starting point

ICX - The Smart Citizens Institute
Stille Veerkade 19, The Hague

Program change

On Thursday, February 9th the solo of Rutkay ÖZPINAR is replaced by the solo Coordination of Shailesh Bahoran, created and danced by Zahira Suliman.

Young ambitious dancers discover and develop their talents at Crosstown. They work at the highest level with professional Korzo choreographers such as Samir Calixto and Shailesh Bahoran. In Troublemakers, Calixto combines the fresh, anarchistic energy of the dancers with the powerful drive of the surprisingly contemporary sounds of Mozart’s Symphony nr. 25. In Tribe the versatile hiphop dancer and choreographer Shailesh Bahoran, together with the dancers, explores the degree of influence of the outside world on their way of life. With b-boying, popping and locking, and a healthy dose of originality, they try to stay true to themselves and retain their authenticity.

In 1873, the first emigrants from India thought they were travelling to Shri-ram, the land of God.  They were greatly alarmed and disappointed when the hatch of their ship Lalla Rookh opened in Surinam and they looked into the face of a Creole for the first time. A devil, they thought. They were put to work as contract workers, also called ‘kantrakis’. Taking this history as a point of departure, six dancers led by Shailesh Bahoran present a challenging mixture of hip-hop, popping, and breakdance in which the inspiration of Indian dance is ever-present. A moving performance about the search for one’s own identity in a strange land.

Sat Cit Ananda
Urban dancer Shailesh Bahoran made a big impression last year at the Indian Dance Festival with his solo Heritage. Now again he is inspired by his Hindu roots for the duet Sat Cit Ananda, which he dances with partner Rajiv Bahagwandbali. They enter the mythical world of the Veda’s. Through ancient archetypes the dancers examine how power, illusion, tradition and culture form a mirror for identity and freedom in the present day. They allow themselves to be inspired by ancient traditions but use contemporary dance like popping, breakdance and experimental hip hop to tell their story. It’s remarkable how smoothly Bahoran and Bhagwanbali switch between styles and techniques’, wrote de theaterkrant.nl. Distinctly personal and fascinating.

Loss, Memories for the Future
Dancer and dance instructor from The Hague Jolanda Boejharat creates a personal performance about the impact of loss with three Bharatanatyam dancers. Our relationship with others can be brief, but can also be a connection that stays with us for a lifetime. Friendships, relationships, the ties with our parents and new life; our lives turn on these connections, but they can also just disappear. What happens when someone is taken from us? How do we continue on to the future?

TALK & SHOW
11.30 workshop Kathak-Flamenco Fusion with Anima Jhagroe-Ruissen
14.00 Afternoon Ragas – Lenneke van Staalen and Heiko Dijker
16.00 – 18.00 Film: Sringaram
18.00 diner
19.00 – 20.00 Film: Natyanubhava

At the 2013 India Dance Festival, urban dancer Shailesh Bahoran made a big impression with his solo Heritage. For this new duet he is once again inspired by his Hindu roots. Together with Rajiv Bhagwanbali, he enters the mythical world of the Veda’s. Mantra’s and paths never travelled evoke questions about origin, meaning and direction. Through ancient archetypes the dancers examine how power, illusion, tradition and culture form a canvas for identity and freedom in movement. They allow themselves to be inspired by ancient traditions but use contemporary dance like popping, breakdance and experimental hip hop to tell their story. The result is an idiosyncratic fascinating fusion of East and West.

Shailesh Bahoran is a versatile hiphop dancer and choreographer who distinguishes himself through his phenomenal technique, originality and expression. He has firm roots in the hiphop culture but is certainly not afraid to think outside the box. “In the end it’s all dance” according to Bahoran. At the end of the nineties he was gripped by the breakdance virus. He mastered various styles: bboying, locking and popping and made a name for himself and for his crew Illusionary Rockaz in the battle circuit.

At Crosstown, young dancers get the chance to discover and develop their creative ambitions. At the highest level, the most talented dancers work for a period of a few months with professional choreographers. This year the privilege falls to modern dance choreographer Iván Pérez and urban dance talent Shailesh Bahoran.

Shailesh Bahoran derives his inspiration from his direct environment. In Tribe, the dancers explore how great an influence the outside world has on their values, customs, clothing, greetings, rituals, and religion. But what happens when you find yourself somewhere else? To what extent do you let yourself be influenced? Are you successful in staying true to yourself?

For Source Language, Iván Pérez proceeds from the creativity and expressiveness of the dancers. The starting point is a sentence. The dancers create a new language without words by writing their own sentence in movement. The music is a combination of compositions by Yiannis Tsirikoglou and sound recordings of physical actions, such as writing on surfaces and tapping rhythms. The result is an exciting, open, and tangible new reality.

In his solo Heritage, Shailesh Bahoran goes in search of his Hindustani roots and their significance for his identity as a person and as a dancer. In a way that is unique, Bahoran explores Indian mythology and Indian dance traditions from the point of view of his own disciplines of popping and bboying (break dance). Bahoran sees many similarities between classical Indian dance and hip-hop.

In Heritage, Bahoran presents a unique and original synthesis of hip-hop and Indian dance. However, Bahoran does not aim to develop a new dance style. The motive behind Heritage is a personal search for his Hindustani roots. “I’m very much inspired by classical Indian dance: I like to watch it and it gives me lots of information. I’ve studied the tradition more and more. And that has become more important in the dance.”

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

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