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12:00 AM, November 06, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, November 06, 2018

Creating stories with contemporary dance

Tahnun Ahmedy, a young dancer from Bangladesh, thinks anyone can tell their story with contemporary dance. For him, this form of dance is more than just a western style.

The dancer likes to create his own contemporary style which is infused with Indian classical dance and folk dances of Bangladesh. With his unique style of storytelling, Tahnun Ahmedy received the opportunity to participate in the Young Choreographers' Platform 2016, supported by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh. This initiative started in 2016, to provide young choreographers with a platform to showcase their talents.

After receiving a scholarship from Shadhona in 2013, Tahnun went to India, where he studied contemporary dance for two years, under the guidance of Mitul Sengupta and Ronnie Shambhik Ghose. Currently, he's working under German choreographer Tomas Bunger in Dhaka and together they are going to train the next batch of choreographers for the Young Choreographers' Platform 2018. Tahnun also receives dance lessons from Shibli Mohammad and M R Wasek.

Tahnun received a scholarship from Goethe-Institut Bangladesh to premiere his dance production Samrakshana in Germany this year. His experience in Germany taught him how to reach out to the audience despite linguistic barriers. “The audience can interpret a lot of things on their own,” says Tahnun. “If contemporary dance sticks to a fixed narrative, it will lose its power of abstract storytelling. We should leave a few things to the audience's imagination.”

Tahnun wants to represent Bangladeshi culture, Islamic stories and history through his choreography. He is currently running his own dance school, Rhythmos, in Mirpur.

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