Photo by Samuli Airaksinen
Photo by Samuli Airaksinen

Indian Fusion Dance

Photo:Jörg Merlin Noack
Indian Fusion Dance is a fusion of combinations inspired by classical Indian dance styles, the folklore dance of various nomadic cultures with Tribal Fusion Dance and ATS (American Tribal Style). Josefine fuses the aesthetics of Indian dance and different philosophies of Indian art with the pride and power of Tribal Fusion movements. Her choreography performances are based on theoretical philosophy approaches that are interwoven with the Indian art or with the yoga philosophy. These kinds of fusions lead to fascinating, authentic and expressive Indian Fusion pieces.

'Indian Fusion' does not necessarily have to be marked at first glance by typical Indian movements. The theoretical reference in performance - which leads away from pure visual perception – is the important factor in Josefines work and it is obvious to the audience.

For her, as a student of classical Indian dance and dancer it is really important to teach her students a feeling of how one can create ethnical fusion in a respectful manner.
The intended goal of Fusion (of any kind) is the ability to connect different types of dance thus complementing each other without losing its typical style and authenticity.

The Indian Fusion lessons of Josefine are strongly influenced by the classical dance style of Odissi dance and Kalbelia (North Indian Gypsy dance).
The dance style of Odissi is characterized by subtle, delicate and elegant movements, precise footwork and the expressive use of facial expressions.

In class she teaches the practical component of the actual dance lessons and a theoretical component. In the theoretical part Josefine explains the cultural contexts of the used dance style and its role within Indian art. The dance classes contain the training of the individual postures of the feet, legs, hips, the upper body, arms, hands and head. Throughout the classical Indian hand postures of Odissi (hastas) the power and flexibility of the wrists, the fingers and knuckles are trained.

The shoulder muscles are trained, just like the leg muscles and the pelvic floor.

The coordination in Indian Fusion based on simultaneous movements of the feet, hands, eyes are a fascinating challenge for every Tribal Fusion dancer. The body tension of the chest, arms and hands gets improved. The proud Tribal Fusion posture of ATS (inspired by flamenco) trains a straight posture. With the raised elbows and the physical muscularity of the dance moves in Tribal Fusion the body gets toned and tensed muscle parts – however the shoulders and neck learn to relax.

 

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