Past Islamabad Event: VOL 5

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The Transdisciplinarity of Dance

@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

A lot of times people associate dance with entertainment, others use it as a medium of expression. Some dance for fitness and for others, it is a profession. Faizaan Ahab decided to upgrade the significance of what it meant to him and experimented with it as an "Instrument of Learning". The presentation talks about the marriage of academic principles with dance to enhance experiential learning. Faizaan talks about three academic disciplines, mathematics, psychology and design mapping, all three using dance as a learning aid, hence making it transdiciplinary in nature.

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Burning Questions: Why Dance, and Why Pakistan?

@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

Being a dancer in Pakistan raises a lot of eyebrows and a lot of questions. In her presentation, Gillian Rhodes answers the two most common questions - what inspires you to dance, and why are you here?

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Khattaks and Dance: 1550 to date

@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

Asfandyar Anis Khattak’s presentation is about the history of the Khattak tribe of Pashtun and the origins of the Khattak dance. How the warriors of the tribe performed it as part of their war preparation. He also speaks about his passion for dance and his fusion of classical Indian dance with the Khattak dance. 

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A Journey

@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

Ms Indu Mitha started learning dance from a very young age in pre-partition India from some of the most renowned dancers of the time. Later on, she started performing professionally as well as teaching dance, under the highly conservative regime of General Zia Ul Haq. An iconic figure in the dance and performance community in Pakistan, she shares with us her journey as a dancer.

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Mithoo – The Dhammal

@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

Imran Nafees’ presentation is about the dance form known as dhammal. The expression of complete surrender and devotion to the one you love, through dance. 

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We are all (mad) dancers here

@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

Sundus Jamil talks about her passion for dance. Her inspirations and how she turned dance into a fulltime job.

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Kathak Dance – Lost and Redeemed Cultural Heritage

@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

Travel in time to Indian and Mughal history when Kathak dance was at its zenith. The decline and destruction of cultural heritage and Kathak dance during the British colonial rule. To reclamation in the post colonial rule of Indian history and art and its impact and influence on Kathak dance today. 

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Life and Its Moments

@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

Suhaee’s presentation is about the little moments that we and our lives are made up of. The emotions, the movement, body languages and the energy that surrounds our life, body, mind and soul. She talks about how she likes to create dance out of the natural movements and moments she observes. 

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Dance & Beyond

@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

Wahab Shah’s presentation is about his efforts and struggles in not only establishing himself as a professional dancer but also establishing his dance company and studio. He walks us through all the varied projects and shows he has performed at and how he and his brand have grown. 

Asfandyar Anis Khattak
Folk & Fusion Dancer in Islamabad
Gillian Rhodes
Dancer, Choreographer in Lahore
Rafia Bon
Kathak, Bollywood & Contemporary Dancer, Teacher in Islamabad
Suhaee Abro
Classical Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Teacher in Islamabad
Sundus Jamil
Brand Manager Dancefit, Actor, Fitness Instructor, Aimfit in Islamabad
Syed Faizaan Ahab
Architect, Educationist, Choreographer in Islamabad
Imran Nafees Siddiqui
Performing and Visual Artists, Social Activist, Theatre Director in Islamabad
Wahab Shah
Director of Choreography, Professional Dancer in Islamabad
Indu Mitha
Bharatnatyam Performer, Classical Dancer, Dance Instructor in Islamabad