AVAYAVA - Contemporary dance festival is an exciting dance festival in Pune, India that was started in the year 2012 by Swapnil Dagliya (Artistic Director & Founder) along with his company, SPACE (Swapnil's Performing Arts & Contemporary Ensemble). At the festival we hosts artists from India and abroad in a variety of dance styles that can be deemed Contemporary - changing with the times. We collaborate with different venues and cultural organisations across the city of Pune to be able to host the festival. Presenting international workshops - that include the new and upcoming trends in contemporary dance; films that represent the change in perception of contemporary dance globally and performances that are groundbreaking and cutting edge; we present a diverse program.
At the centre of the festival is its strong training component; with Intensive workshops and master classes in various disciplines of Contemporary Dance - aimed at both, a specialised and a more broad audience. It is also one of the few curatorial festivals in the field of dance in India that showcases International video-dance, documentaries and hosts performances by artists from around the world. Through the festival we aim to present the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially engaging works to audiences in Pune and the cities around.
Other activities as a part of the festival include the insightful conference 'Conversations with Artists' and presentation of dance related installations/exhibitions. Since 2015, we also organise a creative movement program 'littleAVAYAVA' for the young children in the age group 5-11 years.
Every year we push the limits of artistry, physicality and creativity presenting artists that India has never seen before. Through discourse, experiments and a conscious dialogue; we explore the contemporary. AVAYAVA is the only artist run, not-for-profit contemporary dance festival in India with limited to no outside funding.
#AVAYAVA17 will be the 6th edition of the festival.
AVAYAVA is organised annually during the Easter vacation (bet. March and April).
The festival also aims to promote and encourage the emerging artists in India to present their works at the festivals finale showcase. In the past we have seen participation by world renowned artists like Tomas Danielis, Atalya Baumer, Noam Eidelman, Richard Causer, Anna Borras, Esteban Olives, Irene Sposetti and Stefano Fardelli. From India we have had teachers like Avantika Bahl Goyal, Sangeeta Sharma, Aparna Nagesh and Swapnil Dagliya teach at the festival.
The festival has grown on its own over the years and the number of students participating in the workshops and the number of audience members curious to watch the exciting performances has been steadily increasing. We have our supporters and partners like the Kaveri Group and the Kannada Sangha, the Kaveri Kalakshetra, the Austrian Cultural Forum, The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Independence Brewing Company and Gyaan Adab to thank for it.
Students not only from Pune itself but from Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and other smaller cities in India have come and experienced AVAYAVA in the past years.