INTO THE DAYDREAMING
Concept, Direction, Set Design & Installation:
Dalija Acin Thelander from Sweden
Aopala Bannerjee, Sabita Shaw, Sangram Mukhopadhyay, Sayan Debnath
Our collaboration was made possible thanks to the support of
The Swedish Art Grants Council
Residency & Premiere Venue:
Kolkata Centre for Creativity, Kolkata
Duration: 30 mins | Play time: 10 mins
Several infants giggle and gaze in amazement and no one bats an eyelid. One baby grabs the hand of a dancer close to him, while another reaches up to touch the strips of tulle that hang overhead. Yet another crawls around the lights as another sways to the rhythm of the music and dance...
Welcome to Into the Daydreaming, a multi-sensorial dance production, an artistic and social experience for 3 to 15 months old babies and their care givers.
The performance incorporates music and dance, as well as dreamlike lighting in strong hues and is purposefully created where parents and child can be at ease and yet, trigger a baby’s sensorial and kinesthetic senses at the same time.
Interlacing contemporary dance, music and visual arts within an immersive, installation-based environment, Into the Daydreaming is a sensorially saturated experience and proposes an exceptional encounter with the arts.
This new-age performance has been conceptualised and directed by Dalija Acin Thelander, one of the leading choreographers from Sweden.
Into the Daydreaming has been brought to India and produced by ThinkArts over a two-week intensive residency with the artists and director.
Into the Daydreaming is part of an emerging genre of choreography for babies in India.
Dalija Acin Thelander:
We are fortunate to have made the connection with Dalija Acin Thelander, one of the leading choreographers from Sweden, who has received several awards for her work in creating performance for babies.
Dalija’s work is about introducing contemporary dance to the youngest audience. Her choreography is a new-age performance, designed to challenge usual concepts of aesthetics for babies, aiming to induce interplay of the audience's physical movement and sensory input.
In her works for babies, Dalija emphasizes on the importance of multi-sensory experience, creating installation-based environments which encourage interactivity and that stimulate perception.
Responses received for Into the Daydreaming:
“It was a wonderful experience. My baby and I enjoyed a lot. It was something really unique and different. Will surely recommend my friends and relatives to attend. Thank you so much for such a beautiful time”
“Thanks so much for today. Glad I made the effort and came. It was a wonderful program. My son started to respond at certain points and I think if I bring him to earlier day events he might be even better. The performers were great and were really trying to interact with the children while still staying in character. Loved the lighting and music and the entire concept. Looking forward to more events!”
“This was an amazing experience. The first time I got my little one for something this real and beautiful. She usually only interacts with toys, the first time she encountered something so abstract. She was clapping, she was smiling, as for me, I’ve never seen anything like this either , it was very different and very unique.”
“My son loved it! This is the first time I have seen my son interact from the word go and that says it all.”
“My son who is just 10 months old enjoyed the interaction with the dancers and loved the installations. It really is a dream land, very peaceful. The kids could move around freely and do whatever they wanted. I loved the experience!”