POST TIME: 22 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Curtain rises on ‘Ocean Dance Festival 2019’ today
Four-day event taking place in Cox’s Bazar
Nazir Hossain, Dhaka

Curtain rises on ‘Ocean Dance Festival 2019’ today

The curtain will rise on the four-day international dance event titled ‘Ocean Dance Festival 2019’, the first of its kind in the country, today in Cox’s Bazar. Nrityajog, Bangladesh Chapter of World Dance Alliance–Asia Pacific (WDA-AP), has organised the festival as part of annual general meeting of WDA-AP scheduled to take place from November 22 to 25.

About 100 foreign and 300 local dancers, teachers, researchers and choreographers from 15 countries, including Bangladesh, are set to perform during the four-day festival. The festival will feature paper presentations, seminars, workshops and live dance performances.

General secretary of Nrityajog and eminent dance exponent Lubna Marium is the principal curator of the festival.

Internationally-acclaimed British-Bangladeshi dancer Akram Khan will send an audio-visual presentation at the festival. Also, renowned dance exponents Sashar Zarif from Canada, Yunyu Wang from Taiwan, Ananya Chatterjee from USA, Lubna Marium from Bangladesh and Urmimala Sarker from India will speak at the dance conversation segment during the festival.

The performance on the opening day of the festival includes ‘Ardhanarishwara’ choreographed by Zuairiyah Mouli from Bangladesh, ‘Trikone-Connectivity’ by Ananya Dance Theatre from USA, ‘Religion-A cause of Conflict in Culture’ by Moumiya Roy Jaya from Bangladesh and dance performances by Shadona and Kolpotoru.

Supported by Cultural Affairs Ministry and Bangladesh Tourism Board, the academic partner of the festival is Chittagong University while Mattra and Channel i are event partners.

Anisul Islam Hero, president of Nrityajog, has revealed more about the festival in an exclusive interview with DhakaLive recently.  

Why the theme of the festival is ‘Bridging the Gap’?

The theme of the festival ‘Bridging the Gap’ refers to the ability of dance to bridge the gap between social, cultural and economic situations within society. In the cultural sphere dance has the ability to bridge the gap between—tradition and contemporary, different languages of dance from all over the world and the body and the mind.

What is the objective of organising this festival?

The festival aims to showcase an array of performances by a big number of foreign dancers as well as Bangladeshi dancers who truly deserve an opportunity to demonstrate their talent on a prestigious global platform like ‘Ocean Dance Festival’.

As the festival is taking place in Cox’s Bazar, it will attract both local and foreign tourists. We will have the opportunity to promote our tourism industry alongside introducing Bangladeshi dance genres to the world.

What is your expectation from the festival?

Though I am in a festive mood, I am feeling the huge pressure of expectation at the same time. I am a little worried about the festival whether we can make it successful or not as we didn’t get proper support from different corners and didn’t receive enough patronisation. Still, we look forward to present a wonderful and unforgettable festival for all. l