Taking a step ahead from two decades of dance experimentation by Sapphire working to develop an organic, radical, dynamic and alternative idiom of movement in Eastern India, Sapphire Dance Academy,Sapphire’s newest dance academy will combine the best of Sapphire’s signature style of movement and training and International curriculum and teaching. Sapphire’s long and pioneering experience of training and performance for the last 22 years across more than 20 countries along with a network of International choreographers and teachers who believe in Sapphire’s vision for dance in India, bring a substantial edge over other dance academies in the region.
Sapphire Dance Academy is Eastern India’s only experimental dance academy striving to develop an organic, radical, dynamic and alternative idiom of movement led by young and dynamic Choreographer SUDARSHAN CHAKRAVORTY. With a forte for innovation the ensemble is fresh, young and exudes a ready awareness of contemporary global concerns. Sapphire has performed with a new idiom for the last 22 years across 5 continents in various prestigious art festivals and conferences all over the world in more than 20 countries, namely Malaysia, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Italy, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Poland, Bangladesh, United States, Austria, Spain, Israel, Germany, Czech Republic, Indonesia, India and more. Sapphire’s work approaches issues of gender, art, relationships, society, polity, consumerism and HIV through a global perspective, South Asian sensitivity and an experimental body stylistic. The Sapphire Dance Academy imbibes ancient Indian body history to relevant modern contact and improvisatory solo and group work methods presenting itself as proscenium, site-specific, improvisatory, installations, multimedia work. Beyond dance Sapphire thrusts on community building for prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS, promotion of contemporary arts, and dance therapy for different communities. The LINK THE ARTS movement with its sub-initiatives like InArtSync for campus mobilization, Sapphire Quarterly Arts Series to promote new contemporary idioms and spaces and the biennial international alternative arts festival INTERFACE now due for its 8th edition in 2016 are some of the consistent efforts by Sapphire to create a niche for the contemporary arts in India. Currently Sapphire has both Academy and Repertory sections.