Eleven young local choreographers captivated the audience with theme-based choreographies at a contemporary dance show held on Thursday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Organised by the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the show is a result of ‘Young Choreographers’ Platform’, an initiative by Goethe Institut where young local dancers-choreographers are given the opportunity to express themselves, their themes, visions and dreams through contemporary dance.
Young choreographers Mehraj Haque Tushar, Parvin Sultana Kolly, Ariful Islam Arnab, Moumita Roy Joya, Anindita Khan, Tahnun Ahmedy, Sudeshna Swayamprabha, Farhad Ahmed, Bristi Bepari, Eashin Arafat and Snata Sharin presented their choreographies on themes like relationship, gender equality, refugee crisis, and violence against women.
‘Since 2014, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh has been working with talented young Bangladeshi dancers and encouraging them to express themselves and their thoughts through contemporary dance choreographies,’ said Dr Kristen Hackenbroch, director of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh.
To mention a few choreographies, Parvin Sultana Kolly’s choreography titled ‘Imprisoned Freedom’ posed a question whether we enjoy the freedom we are supposed to and promised by the society and the state, or we live in a society full of rhetoric like freedom of speech, equality, development etc.
Mehraj Haque Tushar presented his choreography titled ‘Trust’, which is an examination of the world we live in now where trust is a word devoid of meaning.
Ariful Islam Arnab’s choreography titled ‘A Struggling Identity’ was based on how society constructs sexual identity and gender-based roles for people. Anindita Khan and Moumita Roy Joya’s choreographies respectively on the refugee crisis and conflict between religion and culture were two interesting pieces.
Tahnun Ahmedy’s choreography titled ‘Rush’ focused on how the hectic city life is alienating people from one another leading them to live into the shell of wounded private lives.
Sudeshna Swayamprabha’s choreography ‘S-He’ focused how patriarchy gives men the upper hand in society and in family. Snata Shahrin’s ‘True Story’ highlighted violence against women and the trauma women usually undergo after being abused or harassed.
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