Book Launch

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Book Launch at OddBird Theatre: 13 October 2016, 5.30pm                                                        

Available during IGNITE! at a special launch price 


Tilt Pause Shift is a unique book project that was initiated by Gati Dance Forum to encourage new critical writing in the area of contemporary dance in India. Considering the elusive nature of the ‘contemporary’ in dance, where it is neither a temporal moment nor a static form or style of movement, the book addresses points of evolution in the creation and practice of dance in India today – highlighting new channels of thought and enquiry, shifts in form, and changes in modes of movement and expression. All these points of evolution are veritably part of co-existing ecologies that have a mutually generative relationship, which Tilt Pause Shift brings to light through a collection of nine essays and twelve choreographic portraits. It is accompanied by visual sensorial material from the process and performances of choreographic works, adding another dimension to the readers’ understanding of the art of dance-making that choreographers in India are engaging with today. The book also has contributions by contemporary choreographers such as Padmini Chettur and Navtej Johar, art critic Sadanand Menon and philosopher Sundar Sarukkai, apart from several emerging voices in dance practice and research. The audience for this book is diverse. For the lay performance audience, it is a handbook for quick consultation; for college students, it is accessible and engaging, inviting readers into a playful initiation into the world of dance. For practitioners and dance students, it offers an opportunity to locate themselves in the wider contexts of their daily practice. And for a scholarly audience, it offers provocations to both Indian and Western preconceptions.

Published by Tulika Books, and supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Royal Norwegian Embassy and Raza Foundation.