In 2022 we curated a special hybrid edition of the festival with live events taking place across Kolkata, London and Taipei from August 11th-22nd, 2022, and a range of other digital offerings, engagements and events.

In the midst of crisis, the power of dance still soothes. The need for human connection through movement, performance, art and dialogue is even more necessary in a time when the world continues to witness tragedy through war, a global pandemic, climate concerns and more. Dance Bridges has always sought to build artistic exchanges and build bridges across frontiers through culture.

The theme of the 2022 edition was therefore INTERCONNECTING, and our curation featured artists from previous editions as well as new dance companies. The Festival Programme included film screenings- both onsite and online, a digital residency showcase, a podcast series with artists and choreographers, a photo essay series highlighting emerging dance artists in India and several artist talk sessions online including a session on dance & technology and the DBF Lounge for artists and audiences to gather and interact.

Our artistic team led by Founder-Director, Vanessa Maria Mirza (London/Kolkata) Associate Director Dam Van Huynh & Pierre Palluet (Hong Kong/ London) and Jeff Hsieh (Taipei) are worked with partners in India and abroad to create an exciting experience with artists we have collaborated with in the past as well as a number of new companies.

Festival Schedule:

27th July

Dance Bridges in London| Centre 151 |19.30

11th August

Dance Bridges Opening Ceremony ONSITE with DBF Residency showcase | 18.00 IST | British Council Kolkata

Dance Bridges Opening Ceremony ONLINE with DBF Residency showcase| 18.45 IST | streamed via our youtube and Facebook channel

Dance Bridges Podcasts & Photo Essays| Available on our website and soundcloud| 21.00 IST

12th August

Dance Bridges Film Screening ONSITE | 18.00 IST | British Council Kolkata

13th August

Dance Bridges JamONLINE | 12.30 London, 17.00 Kolkata, 19.30 Taipei | via Zoom

14th August

Film Screenings available | 10.00 London, 14.30 Kolkata, 17.00 Taipei | Dance Bridges website & Youtube channel

20th August

DBF Residency showcase and artists’ talk (UK/ Taiwan/ India) & Dance & Technology talk with Jeff Hsieh, Anarchy Dance Theatre (Taiwan)| 10.00 London, 14.30 Kolkata, 17.00 Taipei | Dance Bridges Youtube & Facebook channels

21st August

Closing Interaction: The DBF Lounge | 12.30 London, 17.00 Kolkata, 19.30 Taipei | via Zoom.

22nd August

Film screenings online close | 23:59 BST

If you would like to connect with us to know more about our work you can find us on our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@dancebridges) or write to info@dancebridges.in. We hope you stay safe, stay creative and stay connected!