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When Susanne Linke talks,her hands,eyes and voice speak louder than her words.

Written by Prajakta Hebbar | Published:June 17, 2012 2:17 am

When Susanne Linke talks,her hands,eyes and voice speak louder than her words. Almost 68,the eminent German choreographer is visiting Delhi to train students at the Gati Summer Dance Residency 2012. The first trait of a good dancer,says Linke,is that he or she expresses his or her innermost thoughts — out loud.

Linke,who trained at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen,Germany,with another great dancer,Pina Bausch,is said to be “beautifully trained,able to mix earthy power with a matter-of-fact sensuality” (New York Times). She specialises in contemporary dance and choreography,and her works are often described as acrobatic,scientific,and deliberately subtle yet strong.

Dance,according to Linke,is about the body achieving good abstract lines and a dancer must learn how to suspend the body in space — not just in movement,but also in stillness. She speaks in slow,careful English with a thick accent,and her native German words make their way into her sentences.

“For me,dance can express everything. I project it as a dynamic energy. The rhythm of one’s heartbeat matches the movement of one’s steps,thus,every choreography,draws from a deep archaic feeling. It is like going into a trance,where one allows the spirit to come out through the body,” explains the dancer who was awarded the German dance Prize in 2007 and named “L’officier de l’orde pour les arts et des lettres” by the French cultural ministry in 2008.

The veteran is familiar with India from her previous tours. She describes dance legend Chandralekha,with whom she collaborated,as “one of the most remarkable women from India”. Apart from teaching students at the summer residency,Linke will hold a discussion with theatre artiste Maya Krishna Rao today.

The talk will take place on June 17 at the Gati Studio. Performances by the summer residency students will be held on June 21 and 22.

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