One thing that I have always tried to understand is this obsession dancers have with needing to constantly learn new items, especially when they are not quite at that stage to learn a particular piece. I see this trend happening a lot, especially with visiting students, for whom a new choreography is the product they are purchasing in their time here.
In a few days, I will be leaving for a 1-month dance tour of Europe. I having been doing these tours for the last couple of years, traveling to different cities to present Odissi through performances, workshops and lecture-demonstrations. My time in Europe has been an incredibly eye-opening experience on many levels, and is something I look forward to every year. Besides the opportunity to visit and learn about these beautiful countries with their vast histories and culture, it is particularly interesting to understand the relationship between Indian culture and performing arts in the local cultural context.