Mandeep Raikhy is a dance practitioner with a particular interest in exploring the intersections between dance creation, performance, research and pedagogy. He began studying jazz at age 19 at the Danceworx, New Delhi, and his subsequent interest in contemporary dance took him to London where he completed a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre at Laban. He toured with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, London, between 2005-09. He was also part of the company’s education team and has extensive teaching experience. Since 2010, Mandeep has created several dance works, notably Inhabited Geometry (2010), a male ant has straight antennae (2013) and Queen-size (2016). These works have travelled across the country and internationally over the years including Kampnagel, Steps Dance Festival, Southbank Centre and Singapore International Arts Festival. Since 2009, Mandeep has been Managing Director at Gati Dance Forum, where he has worked to develop a supportive environment for contemporary dance in the country through projects as diverse as residencies, festivals, publications and advocacy initiatives.
The four-day intensive workshop aims to take the participants into the world of dance as performers, creators and observers. The workshop gears students towards a) reading, de-coding and writing about dance, focussing especially on skills of seeing, describing, interpreting dance, b) examining choreography as a complex set of relationships between body, space and time, and the ways in which these can be manipulated as a meaning making device, and c) understanding embodiment as a process and not an outcome, with a focus on deep experiential understanding of anatomical principles as a starting point for dance training. The workshop will be a combination of studio work, lectures and discussions.