Avayava - Contemporary Dance Festival, Pune

Intensive International Workshops | More than 30 hours of Dance | Screening of Dance on Film | Performances | More than 10 Amazing Artists


At the festival we host breathtaking performances by world-renowned International choreographers. It will also include cutting edge and socially relevant works by emerging choreographers, site-specific performances, intensive & master classes, seminars, workshops & interactive sessions, dance on film and installations/exhibitions around the city. Annually, the festival is organised around Easter and in 2014 it will be scheduled from the 10-13 of April.

International Workshops will be organised in various styles that will include Modern Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Limon Technique, Release Work, Contact & Improvisation. The workshops will be scheduled throughout the day from the 10th - 12th of April.

This year the festival will have 2 performance evenings on the 12th and 13th of April 2014. The two evenings will see a variety of performances by various artists around the world including a group of 8 dancers from Belgium as a part of the dance company ‘PUUR’.

Artist line-up for 2014 included:

Christophe Degelin & Puur Dance Company - Belgium
(Special Thanks to Wim Boussery from bringing them here)

Atalya Baumer - Israel

Tomas Danielis - Austria

Yoriko Maeno - Japan/Germany

Sangeeta Sharma - India

Avantika Bahl Goyal - India

Swapnil Dagliya - India

and many more..

Avayava’ as a word from Sanskrit, defines a constituent part of the body, a time-span or duration. All of which are essential elements in dance and the performing arts in general. Without time and without space there would be no vocabulary for movement. Even if dance might be the focus of this project, through experiments and discourse we aim to explore the contemporary.

In this age of state of the art technology, people are as connected as can be; yet, they have never been so alone. Using expertise in human sciences, by observing people, their emotions and their habits, we aim to place on stage real human beings. Human Beings who are not afraid to be vulnerable, who love to express, share, who have strengths as well as flaws and have real struggles. Dance has been and will always be a marker of time.

Avayava – a contemporary dance festival, Pune presents a lot of these gems through their conscious effort of being in touch with the inner self, believing in quality over quantity and pushing the limits of physicality, creativity and artistry.

The exciting line-up of performing artists from around the world; each dedicated to a particular and upcoming trend of contemporary dance adds a fresh new insight to dance education and performance. It furthers the dance exploration opportunities already present in India by giving the dancers a first hand experience of the art of dance making and presenting to them the ideas and experiences that inspire dance artists today.

Avayava 2013

Avayava 2013: Artist Lineup

International Choreographers: 

·  Esteban Olives - Paris, France (Contemporary Jazz Technique)

·  Michel Casanovas - France/India (Feldenkrais Method)

·  Diniz Sanchez - Spain/Portugal (Contemporary Dance Theatre)

·  Irene & Johan - Italy/Sweden (Contact Improvisation Workshop/Jam) 


Dance on Film:

·  Beyond Grace - Sara Baur-Harding ( India Premiere) 

·  The Rain - Pontus Lidberg

·  White Caps - Champloo Dance Company

·  Power of Dance - Shukla Das

·  Valtari - Chrstian Larson, Choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

·  Dance Like Your Old Man - Chunky Move

·  In Dreams I Run Wild - Ramaa Mosley

·  Advance - Mitchell Rose

·  Falling - Adriano Cirulli

·  Not Only Lonely Bodies - Eva Versus

·  Patient Spider - Peter Sparling

·  Instrument - Ruben Van Leer

·  Numb Ceremony - Nija Miori

·  Lajka - Johan Planefeldt



·  Shakuntala - SPACE

·  Rise - Being Motion 

Avayava 2012


Avayava 2012: Artist Lineup

International Choreographers: 

·  Esteban Olives - Paris, France (Contemporary Jazz Technique)

·  Michel Casanovas - France/India (Feldenkrais Method)

Dance on Film:

·  Rajashree Ramamurthy(India) -- An incomplete autobiography

·  Wes Veldink( United States of America) -- 'Untitled' shot in Tropea,Italy

·  Diniz Sanchez( Spain) -- Dodecalogue



·  Wind - Michel Casanovas

·  Beej (Contemporary- Kathak Performance)

·  Soledad - SPACE

·  Le Naissance Des Sens - SPACE