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tdx Senior Team - Delhi - Shohini Dutta

Shohini Dutta joined The Danceworx in 1998. She is trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Classical Ballet and Street Funk. She has also done training workshops in Chau Folk Dance, Hip-hop, Acro Yoga, Yoga, Latin Ballroom, Gyrotonics, Pilates, Choreography Composition and Contact Improvisation.

Shohini has also trained in Bharatnatyam for 6 years from Rohini Gokhale. And, she was offered a scholarship from the French embassy to attend the Composition of Choreography Workshop at the Fondation Royaumont, France (2006) with Susan Buirge.

Shohini has an extensive performing resume. She has danced in various pieces of The Danceworx Student Repertory Company repertoire, choreographed by Indian and International choreographers. And she has performed extensively for stage, film and television.

Theatrical performances in India include: The Cascade Project (2012), Bhoomika: Narendra Sharma Festival for Dance (2012), Quarterfest (2011), Travelling Minds (Delhi International Arts Festival, 2011), Ji Saab Ji (2010), Duet by 'Three' (2009), Salaam India (2008), Out of Sight (2008), The Box (Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, 2006), Short-Cut (National School of Drama, 2003), About Nothing (2003 & 2007), That's Dancing! (2001), Dear Diary (AIDS/HIV awareness, 2001), The Chorus Line (1999), and Les Miserables (Theatre World, 1998).

Her international performances include: Salaam India, 7-city USA tour (2008), Fontys Dance Festival, The Netherlands (2005 & 2006), Choreographic Improvisation & Composition Workshop, France (2005, 2006 & 2007), and solo performance at the Festival Mundial, The Netherlands choreographed by Eddie Becquart (2005).

Performances at major events include: 1000 Day Countdown to Commonwealth Games XIX (2008), Hungry Heart Festival (2007), International Film Festival of India opening ceremony (2006), Tribute to R.D. Burman, musical concert with Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy in Goa (2006), Commonwealth Games XVIII Queen's Baton Relay (2005), Bhartiya Pravasi Milan (2004), The Taj Mahal Hotel Centenary Celebration (2003), United for Gujarat Concert (2001), and Jesu Krist Jayanti (2000).

Her film performances include: Rockstar (director Imtiaz Ali, choreographer Ashley Lobo), Aisha (director Rajshree Ojha, choreographer Ashley Lobo), U, Me Aur Hum (director Ajay Devgan, choreographer Ashley Lobo), No Smoking (director Anurag Kashyap, choreographer Ashley Lobo), Dhoom (director Sanjay Gadhvi, choreographer Ashley Lobo) and Socha Na Tha (director Imtiaz Ali, choreographer Ashley Lobo).

Her music video performances include Dhoom Dhoom by Tata Young (for the movie Dhoom by YashRaj Films), choreographed by Ashley Lobo.

Television performances include the daily show Reebok Life on NDTV Good Times (anchor & choreographer Shaira Bhan) and the daily show Good Morning India on Star Plus (anchor & choreographer Ashley Lobo).

Shohini is an experienced choreographer, and has choreographed for both stage and film.

Choreographies for theatrical productions & shows include: The Cascade Project (2012), Bhoomika: Narendra Sharma Festival for Dance (2012), Quarterfest (2011 & 2012), The Chrysalis Project (2011 & 2012), Travelling Minds (Delhi International Arts Festival, 2011), Ji Saab Ji (for Theatre World, 2010), Fiddler on the Roof (Archdiocese of Delhi, 2009), Duet by 'Three' (2009), and Salaam India (Theatre World, 2008), the Fontys Dance Festival, The Netherlands (2006) and Dear Diary (AIDS/HIV awareness, 2000).

    She has conceived & directed the following:

  • Experimenta (2012 & 2013): a workshop of composition of dance as a tool for creativity culminating into a showcase
  • Homelands: a contemporary art exhibition by the British Council (opening night 2012)
  • Danscapes: an evening of moving art for Art Mart IV, New Delhi (2012)
  • Travelling Minds: for the Delhi International Arts Festival, choreographed by Tino Sanchez, Jaan Freeman, and senior members of The Danceworx Student Repertory Company (2011)

School/ college production choreographies include: 50th Annual Day of Bluebells International School, New Delhi (2007); Annual Day & Sports Day of St. Michael School, New Delhi (2006); Prostitution Why? for Gargi College, New Delhi (2004); and Annual Day & Sports Day of Bluebells International School, New Delhi (2003).

She has also choreographed for various corporate events, including the following: International Film Festival of India, opening ceremony (2006), Tribute to R.D. Burman, musical concert with Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy in Goa (2006), Commonwealth Games XVIII Queen's Baton Relay at the National Stadium, New Delhi (2005), and Deko Margar Pyar Se for Star TV (2004).

Shohini has worked extensively in film choreography. She has assisted choreographer Ashley Lobo on the following films: Rockstar (director Imtiaz Ali), Pyaar Ka Punchnama (director Luv Ranjan), Aazaan (director Prashant Chadha), Guzaarish (director Sanjay Leela Bhansali), Aisha (director Rajshree Ojha), Teen Patti (director Leena Yadav), Blue (director Anthony D'Souza), U, Me Aur Hum (director Ajay Devgan), No Smoking (director Anurag Kashyap), Dhoom (director Sanjay Gadhvi), and Socha Na Tha (director Imtiaz Ali).

Music videos and ads assisting include: Dhoom Dhoom by Tata Young (for the movie Dhoom by YashRaj Films), Mundeya by Aiysha (international artist), Bheega Badan by Aiysha (international artist), and Lux ad film, starring Aishwarya Rai.

    Shohini's other major projects include:

  • Curator of The Chrysalis Project (2011, 2012 & 2013)
  • Founder of Friends of ART, a non-profit charitable trust set up to provide support to contemporary performing & visual artists from diverse fields
  • Founder & Creative Director of The Delhi Contemporary Arts Week - a first of its kind broad-spectrum arts week which aims to create a platform to showcase the work of multi-disciplinary contemporary artists (dance, music, visual art, short films)
  • Setting up of CoLab, a Friends of Art initiative for diverse artists to jam with each other in an open structure. The first edition was held at India Habitat Center, New Delhi in 2013 and had a participation of over 40 actors, musicians, dancers, and electronic artists.
  • Shohini's future plans are to create a grant/ funding program for contemporary artists through Friends of Art. She also wants to develop an arts commune which will have a collaborative approach to creation and production, where diverse artists can come and create new works over residencies and workshops.