Ranjana Dave is a dance practitioner and arts writer. Her work in dance spans performance, writing, archiving, curation and pedagogy. She is the co-founder of Dance Dialogues, a Mumbai-based initiative that connects artists to provocative and diverse ideas, individuals, and institutions. Her writing has appeared in the Hindu, Scroll, Time Out, NCPA Onstage, Asian Age, Indian Express, and Tanz, among other publications. She curated and annotated an extensive online archive of dance video at Pad.ma (Public Access Digital Media Archive). Ranjana is programmes director at the Gati Dance Forum in New Delhi, developing, curating and documenting various projects for the organisation. She co-curated and curated, respectively, two practice-oriented conferences for the IGNITE! Festival of Contemporary Dance in 2015 and 2016. She worked on curriculum design for a new MA in Dance Practice developed by Gati, which will be the first programme of its kind in South Asia to be implemented within the university system.
Trained in Odissi, Ranjana performs and teaches the form actively. She also teaches courses on dance writing, history and reflexive practice. She has taught short courses and semester-length modules at KRVIA, Mumbai, Ashoka University, Sonepat, and at Gati Dance Forum.
Ranjana was an Arthink South Asia Fellow in 2013. Her essay, Liminal Spaces in Tradition: Odissi as a Continually Evolving Form, features in Tilt Pause Shift: Dance Ecologies in India, published by Tulika Books, 2016. In 2017, her essay, Significant Issues for Contemporary Dancers in India, appeared in Marg’s special issue on contemporary dance.