Ranjana Dave is a dance practitioner and arts writer. Her work in dance spans performance, writing, archiving, curation and pedagogy. She is the co-founder of Dance Dialogues, a Mumbai-based initiative that connects artists to provocative and diverse ideas, individuals, and institutions. Her writing has appeared in the Hindu, Scroll, Time Out, NCPA Onstage, Asian Age, Indian Express, and Tanz, among other publications. She curated and annotated an extensive online archive of dance video at Pad.ma (Public Access Digital Media Archive). In January 2015, as part of the Ignite! Festival of Contemporary Dance in New Delhi, she co-curated the conference Joining the Dots: Points of Shift, Pause, Discontinuity and Rupture, mapping the idea of the ‘contemporary’ in dance by investigating the multiple processes of making dance work in our times. At IGNITE! 2016, she curated the three-day conference Form | Identity | Dissent. Ranjana worked on curriculum design for a new MA in Dance Practice developed by Gati, which will be the first programme of its kind in South Asia to be implemented within the university system.
Trained in Odissi, Ranjana performs and teaches the form actively. She also teaches courses on dance writing, history and reflexive practice. She has taught short courses and semester-length modules at KRVIA, Mumbai, Ashoka University, Sonepat, and at Gati Dance Forum.
In 2013, Ranjana was a recipient of the Arthink South Asia Fellowship.
Her essay, Liminal Spaces in Tradition: Odissi as a Continually Evolving Form, features in Tilt Pause Shift: Dance Ecologies in India, published by Tulika Books, 2016. In 2017, her essay, Significant Issues for Contemporary Dancers in India, appeared in Marg’s special issue on contemporary dance.
Ranjana is Programmes Director at the Gati Dance Forum. She lives in Delhi.
This site collates selected pieces of writing by Ranjana over the years.