Vimoksha/Chavi Bansal PDF Print E-mail

May 22–June 19, 2017

From India, Chavi Bansal’s early dance training was in Bharatnatyam, Bollywood, Martial Arts and Indian Contemporary dance. She danced with Danceworx, a Bollywood and Indian Contemporary company, from 2003 until 2007. Craving a broader dance vocabulary, Chavi moved to the Netherlands to study at Fontys Hogescholen voor de Kunsten, where she earned her B.A. in Dance with a specialization in Choreography. In 2010, Chavi founded her company, Vimoksha, or “Liberation” in Sanskrit. Using a base of Indian classical movement and western modern technique, Chavi’s work is developed largely through improvisation. She worked for the production house Dansateliers in Rotterdam, was a guest choreographer at the University of Stavanger in Norway, and has presented work at festivals throughout the Netherlands, Norway and India. Since moving to Boston in 2015, Vimoksha has founded a company of Boston-based dancers. Chavi’s work is supported by the Lab Grant (Boston Foundation), New England Dance Fund (NEFA) and by the Cambridge Arts Council and Somerville Arts Council Grants (Massachusetts Cultural Council).

During their residency, Vimoksha will develop a multimedia piece that explores concepts of everyday rituals and the comfort or restraint they provide. This premiere work will ask: Does ritual provide the confidence to face the unknown? Does repetition form our identity? Is our true identity revealed when breaking the chains of ritual? Audience and performers will be taken on an uncomfortable journey through chaos in order to explore the sense of safety ritual provides.

Ritual in Movement: A Composition and Repertory Class with Vimoksha

Saturday, May 27 | 10 am–12 pm
Martin Hall in Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA South End Campus
Free Public Program

Discover the role ritual plays and explore the relationship between ritual movement and dance with Resident Choreographer Chavi Bansal and her company Vimoksha. Create movement that incorporates text and gesture and experiment with different spatial structures to change the experience of the phrase in a process that focuses on communicating with an audience by placing readable codes or moments into an abstract work.

Then learn, analyze and dance a short movement phrase from Vimoksha’s new work, Rituals, a piece that examines the role of rituals in our lives—why rituals exist and why people are drawn to the safety of rituals.

Movement artists of all levels of experience are welcome. The workshop is open to artists from high school students to practicing professionals.


Boston Center for the Arts Choreographer Residency Showcase
Volatile Structures with Vimoksha/Chavi Bansal

Friday, June 9 | 8:00pm
Saturday, June 10 | 8:00pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA | 527 Tremont Street, Boston 02116
Tickets | $20 General Admission |$18 Boston Dance Alliance members

Does ritual provide the confidence to face the unknown? Does repetition form our identity? Is our true identity revealed when breaking the chains of ritual? Vimoksha’s Volatile Structures explores everyday rituals utilizing rhythmic structures from Classical Indian dance and the physically active meditation of Sufi spiritual dance forms. With influences of Bharatnatyam, Bollywood, martial arts and contemporary dance, this premiere work by choreographer Chavi Bansal pilots a journey through chaos in order to investigate rituals and the sense of safety they provide.

The evening will also include a collection of company repertoire focused on human emotions and mind activity, originally created in Netherlands, India and Norway.



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