Sheikh Arif Bulbon : n evening of contemporary dance held at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the capital’s Segunbagicha area recently. In light of the huge response from the local dance scene and audience alike, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in partnership with the BSA organised the event under the “Young Choreographers’ Platform 2019.” In her welcoming speech, Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh said, “A group of young creative minds is dedicated to contemporary dance in Bangladesh. As you will see tonight, the body languages they developed are both inherently Bangladeshi and trans-cultural. The themes brought to the stage speak of diversity and of the freedom to express what one today bears witness to. Whether you are here as art lovers, cultural activists, media professionals or business folk: we hope this evening will inspire you to further support contemporary dance in Bangladesh, to invite the choreographers into productions and to make accessible international stages for talents from Bangladesh.” Inaugurating the event, Liaquat Ali Lucky, Director General of BSA, highly praised the initiative to promote the contemporary dance scene in Bangladesh and heartily thanked Goethe-Institut for organizing the event. Quoting the young choreographers as the ‘asset of the nation,’ he asserted to continue supporting the young choreographers in the days to come. Attending audience fully enjoyed some eleven outstanding pieces of contemporary dance choreographies, developed and presented on stage by the respective young dance choreographers, accompanied by their co-dancers with ten groups and one solo performance. With one after another mind-blowing performance on stage, it was quite evident that the young choreographers have well utilised the opportunity to transform their ideas and thoughts into choreographies through various workshops held under the dynamic guidance of Tomas Bünger, the German dancer and dance choreographer from the TanzKollektivBremen. The eleven choreographers were Mehraj Haque Tushar, Parvin Sultana Kolly, Md. Ariful Islam Arnab, Anandita Khan, Tahnun Ahmedy, Sudeshna Swayamprabha, Md Farhad Ahmed, Bristi Bepari, Md. Eashin Arafat, Snata Shahrin and Moumita Roy Joya. This event was the continuation of the Young Choreographers’ Platform project initiated by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh in 2016, in cooperation with the BSA, aiming to provide stage to the talented Bangladeshi young contemporary dance choreographers and dancers to transmit their thoughts of present-day Bangladesh through contemporary dance forms and styles.