ANGIKAM celebrates innovation in Kathak by exploring the Kathak body. Initiated in 2015, this unique project provides a place for Kathak dance practitioners to experiment in creative workshops under renowned mentors with opportunities to share their unique choreographic vision.

ANGIKAM 2017 Events:

Choreographic Residency & Showcase – A choreographic residency & showcase for four emerging Kathak dancer/choreographers to work with two master dance artists. Registration for this residency is closed for 2017.

Seminar in Kathak & Choreography – Back by popular demand, this choreography intensive designed for artists working in South Asian Dance vocabularies. Registration for this workshop is now open, click here for more information.

Angikam is the body in expression. The word ‘angikam’ is the first word of the Abhinaya Darpana, a two-thousand-year-old Sanskrit text on dance and drama written by Nandikeshvara, an important stage theorist in ancient India. Angikam tells us that the body is the beginning of all expression and that the expressive body extends from the microcosm to the macrocosm. As an important form of this expression, Kathak (from ‘kasha’, the Sanskrit word for ‘speech’, ‘narration’, ‘story’, or ‘fable’) tells many stories: the story of rhythm, of movement, of emotion, and of thought.

Join us and discover the roots of this ancient storytelling dance form. Take flight as we transform it together with new bodies in new spaces.

Deepti Gupta
Artistic Director


The ANGIKAM 2017 Mentors are Deepti Gupta, founder and artistic director of Arzoo Dance Theatre and BaKari I. Lindsay, co-founder of the Collective of Black Artists. These senior Canadian dance artists bring the experience of prolonged international dance careers to this project. They each have training and experience in multiple dance vocabularies representing contemporary as well as culturally diverse dance traditions. Dancers will divide their time equally between the two mentors. They will be guided in their process of exploring creative ideas in Kathak with Deepti, while BaKari will help them explore principles related to contemporary choreography in general. The goal will be to create short works on their own bodies and to start to develop their own choreographic voice.

angikam-2017-mentorsDeepti Gupta and BaKari I. Lindsay