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August, 2011
Vol: 001


Attakkalari is set to preview its latest full length dance production MeiDhwani in Bangalore on September 7th before its upcoming tour across Germany in October.

Alluding to the syncretic traditions and evolutions of the Indian society and culture, the word MeiDhwani is a conjugation of Tamil & Sanskrit words Mei (Body) and Dhwani (Echo or Suggestion). Exploring the histories of the “Body” and the states of “Matter” that constitute the universe in Indian thought, MeiDhwani navigates through evocative qualities embedded in their sculptural shapes, memories and emotions. The research undertaken by Attakkalari for the Nagarika project on the martial art, Kalarippayattu, funded by Ford Foundation has inspired MeiDhwani's performance arena and its attributes.

In Europe, MeiDhwani will be performed in Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (October 7th & 8th), in Pumpenhaus, Munster (October 12th) and in Tanzhaus nrw, Dusseldorf (October 14th & 15th).

The preview in Bangalore will be on Wednesday, September 7th at Ravindra Kalakshetra Auditorium. For sponsorship opportunities and tickets, contact the Attakkalari Repertory Company.


Upcoming events
Attakkalari at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, USA

Attakkalari’s Artistic Director, Jayachandran Palazhy has been invited to the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival that will be held in the U.S. from September 2-17, 2011. He will be participating in a symposium titled Who, Me: Conversations on Cultural Identity in the 21st Century. He will also be leading an Indian contemporary dance workshop for selected dancers.

Additionally, Nagarika, Attakkalari’s groundbreaking research series on the martial art form Kalarippayattu will be showcased at the festival. More information here.

Fifth batch of Diploma graduates!

Students of Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts & Mixed Media are hard at work preparing for their end of year graduation presentation. Graduation day, the culmination of their year-long study, consists of an evening of short performances including pieces developed by the students themselves and concludes with the presentation of certificates.

This year the event will be held on Friday 19th August at 6.30pm, at the JSS Auditorium, 1st Main, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560082. Family, friends and well-wishers are welcome!

Attakkalari dancer at Sadler’s Wells, London, UK

Hemabharathy Palani, senior dancer and emerging choreographer at Attakkalari has been selected to participate in the prestigious Sadler’s Wells Summer University programme this August in London. The programme is an exceptional opportunity for 15 emerging professionals and will focus on the art and craft of choreography.

Sadler's Wells is the UK's leading dance house, uniquely dedicated to bringing the very best international and UK dance to London audiences. More information here.

Other news
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev visits

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the founder of Isha Foundation and renowned yoga and spiritual Master graced the Attakkalari premises on July 7th. He was accompanied by C. Prabhakar, member of Attakkalari's Governing Body.

The Attakkalari Repertory Company performed an excerpt of their upcoming, new production MeiDhwani for him. He was also shown excerpts from Nagarika- Attakkalari's research work on Bharatanatyam and Kalarippayattu.

Swiss Consul General visits

Rolf Frei, Consul General, Consulate General of Switzerland visited Attakkalari on Friday, July 15th and presented Swiss books on contemporary dance and dance appreciation to Attakkalari.

The books were presented on behalf of Pro Helvetia-Swiss Arts Council to Prashant Sankaran, Attakkalari's Governing Body member and Jayachandran Palazhy, Attakkalari's Artististic Director. The books are a welcome addition to Attakkalari's Diploma library.

TransMedia website launched

A website for TransMedia Technologies, Attakkalari's technical wing was launched in July. TransMedia Technologies is a leading one-stop resource centre for stage and performance technologies in India. Apart from the traditional solutions for light and sound, TransMedia provides the latest, cutting-edge technologies and unique, customized services for various events.

Currently, TransMedia is gearing up for the upcoming Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Festival in August organised by the Hindu group. TransMedia will be working for the festival in Bangalore, Kochi and Hyderabad.

Check the TransMedia website here.

New classes at Attakkalari

Attakkalari has introduced three new classes over the past two months - weekend classes in Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam and a new weekday Contemporary Dance class.

The Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam classes are designed to prepare the students for Karnataka State Board exams at the Junior, Senior and Vidhwath levels. The new Contemporary Dance class for beginners aims at initiating the students to explore and discover their body and focuses on various techniques of movement, with an emphasis on flexibility, strength and stamina.

More information on the classes here.

Photo Credits: Dilip Bannerjee, Sheetal Jain, Anoop Kumar, Imre Zsibrik & Attakkalari

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Bangalore-560027
Tel: 91 + 080 + 2212 3684, 4148 3534, 4146 7690