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June, 2011
Vol: 001

Attakkalari’s Young Choreographers Platform supports emerging artists in choreography development, production, performance and dissemination.

As the second phase of British Council’s Connections through Culture: India – U.K. programme, three senior members of the Attakkalari Repertory Company and emerging choreographers - Santhosh V. S., Ajeesh K. B. and Hemabharathy Palani conducted a successful performance tour across the U.K. from March 31st to April 23rd, 2011. The first phase had seen three U.K. choreographers visiting India in February of this year, interacting with local dancers in Bangalore and performing at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2011.

In collaboration with leading U.K. arts institutions such as Dance South West/ Pavilion Dance, the Asian Arts Agency, Greenwich Dance Agency and the South Bank Centre, Attakkalari’s young choreographers presented their works – Chaaya, Uruvam, Padheyam and Rush. In addition to performing they also led workshops in Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Contemporary Dance across the U.K. Working with youth from Tower Hamlets London, Ajeesh, Hema and Santhosh led a two week Learning and Participation project My London, My India hosted by the Alchemy Festival at the South Bank Centre as well.

In the News
Diploma Auditions in Bangalore

Ongoing auditions for Attakkalari's Diploma program in Movement Arts & Mixed Media for the year 2011-2012 are being held at Bangalore. Auditions for the North Zone were held in Delhi on Sunday June 12th at the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan from 10.30 am – 12.30pm. In addition, auditions were also held in Mumbai for the West Zone on June 5th at the Terence Lewis Studio.

The year-long intensive certification is a foundation course designed to prepare young dancers with the requisite skills to begin their journey in contemporary dance in the performative or educational contexts in India and internationally.

Diploma Info|Audition Details| Calendar for 2011-2012

Transmedia acquires ETC Profile Lights!

Transmedia Technologies, Attakkalari's technical division has added genuine lights by ETC (Electronic Theatre Control- a manufacturer of international entertainment lighting systems) to its equipment section. Transmedia is perhaps the first company in Southern India to own these much sought after lights!

The lights acquired by TransMedia are: Source Four 19° and 36º with Iris and Source Junior Zoom with 25º - 50º with Iris.

For rental enquiries, please contact TransMedia.

We are hiring!

Programme Manager: The Attakkalari Repertory Company performs extensively both within India and abroad. Attakkalari’s productions are at the forefront of the contemporary Indian dance scene and often incorporate cutting-edge digital arts, imaginative lighting and innovative music. The Company performs and tours its productions, at festivals and for corporate audiences. Other initiatives include the Young Choreographers Platform and the Mobile Theatre. More details on the role here.

Recent Events
Young Choreographers Award

Building on the successful momentum of Attakkalari’s Young Choreographers Platform and recognizing the promise of emerging artists, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Limited (RBEI) has awarded Attakkalari the Robert Bosch Art Grant for a second year in a row. Under the auspices of this grant, Diya Naidu and Denny Paul, senior dancers from the Attakkalari Repertory Company, have been afforded the opportunity to create two solo works which premiered in Bangalore on June 4th, 2011.

For her contemporary dance piece Nadir, Diya Naidu is exploring ideas of isolation and the inescapable fact of bondage within separation. Denny is using an autobiographical perspective to look at the relationship between the past and the present in his piece Uyire . Theatre personalities Sankar Venkateswaran and Koushik Sen worked closely with Denny and Diya respectively and mentored them through their process. Through the Robert Bosch Young Choreographers’ Award, Diya and Denny have also collaborated with various artists including Andi and Hannes Teichmann, Jatin Vidyarthi, Shymon Chelad, Asha Fernandez, Samantha Barua, Sarath G. and Nimish Jain. More information here.

Nadir and Uyire are available for performances from November, 2011. Please contact Attakkalari for further details.

Attakkalari at Beyond

A senior dancer from the Attakkalari Repertory - Ajeesh K.B was once again invited to Amsterdam from May 23rd to June 2nd, 2011as a dancer in Emio Greco|PC’s ongoing project BEYOND.

The schedule involved intense rehearsals with three performances in Eindhoven, Amsterdam and Den Haag. Ajeesh’s earlier trips with the project had taken him to Amsterdam as well as Korea.

BEYOND is a European-Asian cooperative project in the field of creation, presentation and education within the performing arts working around the concept of Tradition and Innovation.

BEYOND is a multi annual project that kicked off in February 2009 and it nurtures a growing educational and artistic network that is inspired by the ongoing dialogue between ICKamsterdam and several Asian artists and institutions.

In fact, a former member of the Attakkalari Repertory had worked for three weeks in China again as part of the BEYOND project. At the time Attakkalari’s Artistic Director Jayachandran Palazhy was invited to lead a workshop for the participants on his own creative process and the role of Kalarippayattu in Attakkalari’s work.

More information here.

Attakkalari at Low Lives 3

Three emerging choreographers from the Attakkalari Repertory - Ajeesh K.B., Santhosh V.S. and Hema Bharathi Palani presented their piece ‘Bangalore – UK postcards’ for Low Lives 3, a worldwide, networked, performance event.

Low Lives is an international festival of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues across the world.Jorge Rojas, the curator of Low Lives invited Attakkalari - the only Dance Repertory Company ever to be selected from India- to take part in this event.

The piece along with more than fifty other performances from across the globe, was streamed live online and screened for public viewing at Attakkalari on Saturday, April 30th. Watch Bangalore-UK Postcards here.

Summer camp at Attakkalari

Attakkalari's popular Summer Workshops for children and teenagers were held from April 25th to May 7th, 2011 at the Attakkalari studios in Bangalore.

Workshops were designed especially for young movers between the ages 4 - 8 years and 9-12 years and for teenagers. The workshops drew inspiration from martial arts, contemporary dance and theatre. The modules were crafted to suit the needs of each group and encouraged the children find original movement themes that would develop into their own personal expressions. The workshops culminated with the students performing a show for their family and friends.

Regular contemporary dance classes are also conducted at Attakkalari for all age groups of the community. More details here.

Photo Credits: Vivek Prabhu, Jo O'Connell, Jyotsna B Rao, Anoop Kumar & 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