BANGALORE. Hyperextended.

From somewhere in the middle Atalya Baumer/Tamar Mayzlish + Diya Naidu + Hemabharathy PalaniDo Contemporary Dance Makers Have A Deadline, Too? Joshua MuyiwaInterview Madhu NatarajDancing the Looru Vivek Prabhu/Anindita Ghosh/Sylvester Mardi/Ronita MookerjiWelcome to Dance Poorna Swami

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Bangalore. Hyperextended.

Since Ligament’s last run two years ago, Bangalore has changed, as cities do, geographically, economically, and culturally. This first issue of Ligament 2016-17 celebrates the city in which the magazine was created. Conspicuously placed between the politics of a cosmopolitan, hyperextended megacity and the more intimate experiences of creating and moving within that city, the issue investigates Bangalore’s dance makers’ artistic concerns, how they relate to their city, and the creative possibilities they find here.
Do Contemporary Dance Makers Have A Deadline, Too?
Joshua Muyiwa

Two years after Ligament was last published, former Editor Joshua Muyiwa considers the magazine’s past endeavours and how they speak to Bangalore’s changing contemporary dance landscape.

From somewhere in the middle
Atalya Baumer/Tamar Mayzlish + Diya Naidu + Hemabharathy Palani

“From somewhere in the middle” is Ligament’s new section of dance makers reflecting on works in the making. In this edition, long-time Bangalore-based artists Diya Naidu and Hemabharathy Palani, along with visitors Atalya Baumer and Tamar Mayzlish, talk about their still-forming works, which are as diverse as feminist activism and an exercise in communication.

Madhu Nataraj

Madhu Nataraj, dancer, choreographer, and founder of Natya STEM Dance Kampni, shares, via email, her experiences of working as a contemporary dance artist in Bangalore over the last two decades.

Dancing the Looru
Vivek Prabhu/Anindita Ghosh/Sylvester Mardi/Ronita Mookerji

Three Bangalore dancers (Anindita Ghosh, Sylvester Mardi & Ronita Mookerji) explore the city’s centre. With Vivek Prabhu

Welcome to Dance
Poorna Swami

Poorna Swami, Ligament’s Editor, writes on encountering contemporary dance in two cities.


To pick up and run with a magazine that has had another life is never easy. There are those conflicting desires to find close continuity and to just scrap it all and start anew. Ligament 2016-17 reemerges from a half-way point. We want to build on the investigations and insights of the magazine’s past contributors and also find ways to say what they perhaps had wanted to say but could not, or forgot to, in that moment.

Ligament was founded to facilitate the articulation of an evolving language that encompasses the impulses of contemporary dance. The idea of “contemporary” is inherently bound to time, to a sense of history, rather multiple histories unfolding. In its 2016-17 iteration, we hope that Ligament can grapple with the idea of how dance might hold a place in-step with the patterns of active and forming histories, rather than remaining a canonised and pondered response to a bygone world. We’d like to embrace the immediacy of “contemporary”, and invite contributions from dancers, choreographers, arts practitioners, scholars, audience members, readers. In this way, we hope to reach for the intimacies, resistances, and fragilities that permeate the developing field of South Asian contemporary dance.

Articulating a medium as visceral, visual, and ephemeral as dance requires making connections to methods of thought and critique that lie outside evaluative language. So for Ligament 2016-17 we welcome, of course, the critical essay, but also audio, photographs, ekphrastic poems, interviews, and hybrid media of various kinds that might speak to us about dance, carefully and proximately. Like the anatomical connective tissue for which it is named, Ligament, we hope, can help us locate dance in tandem with the many bodies that produce and encapsulate it.

To those who find themselves here for the first time, welcome. And those whom we have met before, we are glad you are back.

—Poorna Swami, Editor

Get in touch with us at ligament@attakkalari.org