The Gati Dance Forum is a Delhi-based organisation that works to support, facilitate and promote emerging artists working in the field of dance. Formed in 2007, this forum emerged from an acutely felt need by independent dancers in the city for a space for interaction, exchange and interrogation with respect to their work processes and creative concerns. From the very first meetings it became clear that several dance practitioners, both emerging and established, felt isolated and their efforts dispersed. They urgently required not only a supportive community but also a context in which to situate their work and allow it to grow. Gati’s objectives arose directly from these needs. Its activities are directed towards:
Creating opportunities for emerging artists to acquire knowledge of and experience in movement techniques, choreographic and performance skills
Creating a space for interaction, exchange and interrogation with respect to dancers’ work processes and creative concerns
Providing a supportive environment for assisting the development of work through peer-oriented feedback
Creating an information and support network for easy access to information about dance related services and opportunities
Documenting and archiving artistic practices of emerging and established practitioners with a special focus on the evolution of new languages through innovation and experimentation in the context of existing dance practices in India
Encouraging fresh critical writing on dance that reflects the contemporary concerns and paradigms of dance creation and performance
Building a resource library of textual and visual material on dance
Providing resources such as subsidized rehearsal space, library access and technical equipment to dance professionals.
A not-for-profit Public Charitable Trust, The Gati Dance Forum is both conceived of and run by dancers. Inputs and suggestions from the dance community feed directly into its functioning.