'Dance was something I was born into'

'Dance was something I was born into'

Vigour beckons

'Dance was something I was born into'

The British Council recently presented ‘The Black Album’ by Avant Garde Dance as part of ‘Impulse 2’ in the City.

A London-based company, Avant Garde Dance has always strived to push the boundaries of hip-hop and contemporary dance and enthralled everyone in the City with their performance.

Touring some of the major cities in India, the dancers also had a range of activities planned with dance organisations in India and young people across the country, including workshops, master classes and networking events.

Tony Adigun, the artistic director of the company, spoke to Metrolife about their experiences in the country so far and said that the stay has indeed been memorable.

“We have conducted many performances and workshops and spent a lot of time in the markets of India,” he exclaims!

“This is the fifth city we are visiting and we have had a great time so far,” he adds.

The group relished eating Indian food especially the biryani in Hyderabad.

“We have been eating diluted version of Indian food in London,” he jokes.

Speaking more about the performances here, he says, “These three pieces are very close to me. The first one is titled ‘Omega’ and explores more than just movements. Five individuals show their individualities and there is synchronisation with music, moment, time and space.”

While the second and third are ‘Classical Break’, a ballet piece set to classic tunes like that of Mozart and ‘Razzmatazz’, which explores “beauty in darkness”.

Ask him how the response has been in the country and he says it has been an amazing experience to perform in India.

“Dance is something universal and everyone loves it. It’s amazing to make a piece in your country, bring it to another country, see it transcend and appeal to a different demographic. The response has truly been overwhelming,” he says.

Has he seen Indian dance forms? He replies, “I have seen bharatanatyam and kathak  and the articulation, vigour and movement of these dance forms are similar to ours. I would always be open to collaborating with anyone Indian.”

Speaking of Bollywood dance, he recalls their visit to the ‘Kingdom of Dreams’ in Delhi.

“We conducted a little workshop and it was fun doing those special dances. Everyone is learning the form,” he notes.

With various movies on dance being made both in India and around the world, dance has been getting more commercial than ever.

According to Tony, this is a good thing.

“Movies on dance like ‘Step Up’ are a good thing and I get inspired by them. I like watching stories about people who got into dance late because for me, dance was something I was born into,” he sums up.