After mesmerizing audiences in New Delhi and Chandigarh, the Robert Moses’ Kin Dance Company (RMK) will be performing in Kolkata for the first time as part of “Interface 2014”, the biennial arts festival of Sapphire Creations. Their participation this year in the dance festival was made possible through a grant from the American Center to Sapphire Creations. Sapphire Creations first made contact with Robert Moses at the American Center in 2002 during “A Link the Arts” which was a video conference program.
Choreogrpapher Robert Moses’ works explore topics ranging from oral traditions in African American culture, the life times, work of author James Baldwin, the dark side of contemporary urban culture, to the nuanced complexities of parentage and identity, the simple joys of the expressive power of pure movement. Since 2008 Moses has composed original scores for several of his dances.
During the press conference at the American Center, renowned American choreographer Robert Moses expanded on how RMK uses movement as the medium through which race, class, culture and gender are used to voice the existence of greater potential and unfulfilled possibilities. Through dance, they can better understand common humanity by appreciating and exploring cultures.
Robert Moses and his team conducted a workshop at the American Center for city artists titled “Dancing to Connect”. The main focus of the workshop was to help in skill building as well as nurturing a sense of empowerment and self-esteem. They also shared various tools for creating that extra “spark” that turns ‘ordinary’ performances ‘extraordinary’.
American Center Director J.J. Joria said, “Cultural exchange program helps us in serving as a connection between two countires. The Robert Moses Dance Company has the ability to connect with the audience through their love and passion for dance and the audiences are bound to embrace this multi-cultural group and their diverse backgrounds.”
Programs of such caliber help in bridging the cultural gap between the two countries and fostering camaraderie among the two countries.