Vikram Iyengar is a dancer, choreographer, theatre director, and performing arts researcher, manager and curator based in Calcutta. Co-founder and Artistic Director of Ranan Performance Collective, he was trained in kathak by Padmashree Smt. Rani Karnaa. Noted for the conscious bringing together of classical dance, movement, drama and design creating an experience of total theatre, Vikram’s range of production work in India and abroad has brought together dancers, actors and others, and spans choreography for stage and film, dance and theatre explorations, and performance collaborations. It has continuously explored how kathak can engage in a dialogue rather than be a monologue, creating fresh challenges within, and in relation to, the form.
Vikram’s international credits include choreographer for Academy Award winner Florian Gallenberger’s film, Shadows in Time and co-choreographer on Helena Waldmann’s Faust prize nominated piece Made in Bangladesh. Since 2013 he has worked regularly with Indian contemporary dancer-choreographer Preethi Athreya on solo and group projects.
An INLAKS scholar with an MA in Performing Arts from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Vikram has taught Asian and Intercultural Theatre at BA and MA levels in the UK. He regularly contributes articles and papers to various publications and international seminars, conducts a variety of workshops and works on arts research projects for institutions in India and abroad. Empaneled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and various other national bodies, he is a recipient of the Government of India National Scholarship and National Junior Fellowship for Dance. He was co-editor of the India Theatre Forum’s web theatre journal, e-Rang from 2009 to 2015. He is Guest Faculty for Choreographic Practice at the Department of Performing Arts, Presidency University, Calcutta.
As an ARThink South Asia Arts Management Fellow, 2013-2014, Vikram developed the idea of The Pickle Factory – a proposed venue to curate, catalyse and promote dance and movement practice and discourse in a changing Indian context. He was a Global Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), 2017, and part of the first international cohort on the Arts Leaders programme run by the Australia Council for the Arts (2017-18). In December 2015, he was awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the field of contemporary dance by the national Sangeet Natak Akademi.