Dance, Talk/Workshop

Indian Performing Arts Convention - Symposium on Bharatanatyam

Organised by: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: In Collaboration with Apsaras Arts Dance Company (Singapore)
  • Date:
    6 Feb 2022
  • Time:
    10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Duration:
    7h with 1h lunch break
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Theatre Studio and Online (SISTIC Live)
    Esplanade Theatre Studio and Online (SISTIC Live)Esplanade Theatre Studio and Online (SISTIC Live)


The symposium will examine some of the innovations to the ancient art form of Bharatanatyam in contemporary times, particularly those that are relevant to the younger generation of practitioners and diverse audiences. The curated topics will cover several key elements of the dance form, including choreography, pedagogy, music composition, ensemble work and abhinaya. The symposium will include two panel discussions: Curating Indian Classical Dance for Festivals and Audience Experience of Bharatanatyam. The presenters from Singapore have been mentored by the faculty of Indian Performing Arts Convention (IPAC) and will be supported by Singaporean young dancers.

These sessions will be presented by leading and upcoming Bharatanatyam dancers and choreographers from Singapore, mentored by and in collaboration with the IPAC Dance Faculty, namely Priyadarsini Govind, Bragha Bessell and Sheejith Krishna. The symposium will also feature guest speakers from India including Dr Rajkumar Bharathi on music for dance and other eminent art makers from India and the UK. IPAC Symposium is curated and convened by Aravinth Kumarasamy, the award-winning artistic director of Apsaras Arts Dance Company, Singapore.

This symposium will also be livestreamed on SISTIC Live, with its recording available for online viewing until 13 Feb, Sun, 11.59pm. The livestream can be viewed up to three times and is also available for audiences outside of Singapore.

Indian Performing Arts Convention - Symposium on Bharatanatyam