Our First Traditional Dance Residency in Aberdeen

Following our open call, Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, in a first-time partnership with Citymoves Dance Agency, Aberdeen, awarded our first joint Traditional Dance Residency to the professional Indian classical dance mother and daughter duo Shailini and Shashwati Vinod (pictured below), practising the codified classical Indian dance forms Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam, alongside folk dance forms like Bhangra, Garba, Dandiya and Kollattam.

Throughout their one-week residency from 5 until 9 April 2023 at Citymoves’ Schoolhill Studio Aberdeen-based Shailini and Shashwati Vinod will attempt to devise a piece using both Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam dance forms while exploring Indian Carnatic and Hindustani music with percussion instruments. They will aim to interpret contemporary themes and stories via the rhythmic and grace elements of the two dance forms.

Stay tuned for further details and in the meantime, please follow Shailini and Shashwati Vinod dance projects on Instagram here.

Catch Shashwati Vinod (pictured above) free pop-up show on 25 September 2022 in her native city of Aberdeen as part of Wayword Festival – a student and youth-led cross-arts festival exploring unconventional forms of expression. Further details here.


Images courtesy of the resident artists Shailini and Shashwati Vinod