Terence Lewis And Madhuri Dixit To Launch Mumbai’s First Of Its Kind Contemporary Dance Festival ‘JUGNEE’ On World International Dance Day

Terence Lewis And Madhuri Dixit To Launch  Mumbai’s First Of Its Kind Contemporary Dance Festival

‘JUGNEE’ On World International Dance Day


Contemporary dance icon Terence Lewis and India’s dancing diva Madhuri Dixit-Nene are coming together to support Mumbai’s first ever Contemporary Dance Festival, Jugnee.

A five day non-profit and completely dance neutral festival will aim at becoming the most well-constructed, holistic & giving the young emerging and professional dancers a voice and platform to showcase their talent under one roof, in addition to bringing the most renowned International Faculty here to its dancers.

Talking about the festival, Terence, says: “The dance community in India and Mumbai works in isolation and are unaware of the opportunities they have for themselves! It was important to unite them for several reasons, one is to give young struggling emerging artist a platform, get international Teachers and the best teachers from India to professional dancers seeking further training and also for dancers to get acquainted to the funding bodies and getting choreographers to share their journeys!”

Talking about Madhuri’s collaboration, he adds: “Madhuri is the Icon of dance in our country and her name is synonymous with talent grace and beauty! Since its Mumbai’s first indo contemporary dance festival, who better but the Mumbai girl, who gave dance respect and dignified it with her performances!”

“Besides Madhuri is also working very hard to help people across all age groups to create awareness in dance through her digital app tutorials and much more. Her app (DANCE WITH MADHURI: DWM) is one of the first apps in India on dance that has been successfully helping people to dance across the world. People, who may not have the luxury to step outside of their homes or work places, due to time, financial or social constraints.”

The five-day festival will be held in Mumbai, India at different venues across the city

29th April: NCPA

30th April: Prithvi Theatre

1st May: St Andrews

2nd May: Social (Meet & Greet)

3rd May: Equal street walk (Dancing on the streets)

The Festival will include:

WORKSHOPS: By International & Indian teachers, namely: Joe Alegado (USA) & Peter Jasko (Slovakia), Terence Lewis(Mumbai), Nakula Somana (Bangalore), Mayuri (from Nrityarutya-Bangalore)

MOVIE SCREENINGS: Special commissioned movies that have never been screened before by prominent International artists & masters in their field of work, provided for & partnered by Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institut-Max Muller Bhavan, British Council and Prohelvetia: Swiss Arts Council.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS: Panels by renowned experts in the field of performing arts. Moderated by Mr. Quasar Padamsee and Ms. Ranjana Dave, speakers for the Panel Discussion include: Mr Jayachandran Palazhy (Founder Artistic Director of Attakkalari Centre of Movement Arts, Mr. Terence Lewis (Founder & artistic director of Terence Lewis Inc., Mr. Robin Mallick (Regional Programme Director of Goethe Institut South Asia), Ms. Arundhati Ghosh (Executive director of Indian Foundation of Arts) and Mr. Mandeep Raikhy (Managing Director of Gati Dance Forum, Delhi)

PERFORMANCES: by professional companies such as The DanceWorx and Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company. It will also feature performances by young Emerging artists providing them with a professional platform & exposure to the dance community.

SOCIALS: For the young and the restless (be it in the body or in the mind) there will be meet & greet sessions for the artist & the dancing community where they Jam up and show off their skills by putting their best foot forward on the Dance Floor at Shiros.

Jungnee’s foreign Partners / Patrons alliances on board:

Impulstanz International Dance Festival Vienna: One of the largest & longest running Dance Festivals in the world-offering a fully funded scholarship to one of the deserving participant of Jugnee

Alliance Francaise

Goethe Institut -MaxMuller Bhavan

British Council

Pro Helvetia: Swiss Arts Council

Terence is curating the festival this year putting together an ensemble cast of international and national teachers, emerging artist, panel discussion personalities, selecting films and documentaries at the festival and creating a suitable vibe where dancers can mingle and interact with the entire dance community.

Jugnee awaits its launch on the World International Dance Day, 29th April 2015