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Dance Songs (2022)

In his enormous body of work, Friedrich Nietzsche is well known for making mentions of dance and dancers. Dance Songs is an evening of work that celebrates Nietzsche’s writings, with a particular focus on The Dance Song and The Second Dance Song from Nietzsche’s seminal work ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’. Without attempting to translate the text, Dance Songs abstracts and brings the essence of meetings between Zarathustra, Life, and Wisdom to the stage. Utilising traditional and contemporary compositional techniques, the work unpacks the capacity of dance for unfettered and honest communication, to investigate questions critical to human existence.


Dance Songs features choreography by Ainesh Madan, music by Abhaydev Praful, costumes by Susan Fernandes/Sustainable Suz and Uli Schott, lighting design by Bharavi, visual design by Devika Sundar, animation/illustration by Joshua Sailo, and performances by Anishaa Tavag, Ainesh Madan, Dayita Nereyeth, Abhaydev Praful, and Joshua Sailo.


The show was supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore.


Dance Songs premiered on 27 and 28 May 2022 at Bangalore International Centre (BIC).

60 minutes, proscenium

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