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February 2015
Vol: 001
Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 Special


Attakkalari India Biennial opens on February 6th!

Attakkalari India Biennial, South Asia’s largest international contemporary movement and mixed arts festival, takes place between February 6-15, 2015. In its seventh outing, the Biennial has been curated around the theme Dance Connect, an invitation to connect oneself to the world through the practice of dance. The Biennial features performers and delegates from New Zealand, China, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Korea, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, Portugal, Scotland, Sri Lanka and of course India.
The opening night of the Attakkalari India Biennial is a double bill -- we start off with Traces: A Digital Performance by choreographer and multimedia artist Daniel Belton, which is a series of film collages in which the human form is used as an agent of inquiry to investigate themes of mathematical scale, history and connections to topography projected on the walls of Chowdiah Memorial Hall. The TAO Dance Theater will then light up the stage at this auditorium with two works that explore the potential of the human body as a visual element freed from the limitations of representation or narrative.
The following nine days will see performances on the Centre Stage at venues across the city including Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Ranga Shankara and Alliance Française de Bangalore. Watch out for arresting, amazing shows by the Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Systeme Castafiore, Constanza Macras / Dorkypark and Oscar Bianchi, Bereishit Dance Company, NBProjects / Nicole Beutler, Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, Gelabert + Azzpopardi / Cesc Gelabert, Compagnie Philippe Saire and Mandeep Raikhy.

Book tickets online here.

The Biennial is brought to you in association with Norwegian Embassy, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, Government of Karnataka, Karnataka Tourism, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, British Council, InKo Centre, Arts Council Korea, Institut Française and Alliance Française de Bangalore.
The Biennial is supported by the Centre for Law & Policy Research, Fonds Podium Kunsten Performing Arts Fund Netherlands, The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, Arts Council of New Zealand, Prakriti Foundation, Inlaks India Foundation, Critical Path Australia, Dancebase National Centre for Dance Edinburgh, swissnex, Movenpick Hotel & Spa - Bangalore, Consulate General of Switzerland in Bangalore, Australia Council for the Arts and Jayshree Poddar from Himatsingka Seide.
For details, log on to attakkalaribiennial.org

FACETS Choreography Residency

Ten choreographers – Avantika Bahl (Mumbai, India), Charlotte Jarvis (Edinburgh, Scotland), Diya Naidu (Bangalore, India), Hemabharathy Palani (Bangalore, India), Mehneer Sudan (Mumbai, India), Patrick Lucky Lartey, Pradeep Gunarathna (Hidderalalage, Sri Lanka), Prasanna Saikia (Kolkata, India), Soo-Hyun Hwang (Seoul, Korea), and Woo-Jung Kim (Seoul, Korea) – have resided in Bangalore since January 5 in this choreography residency organised by Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts. These choreographers will be mentored by an international panel of specialists – choreographer Philippe Saire (Switzerland), mix media artist and light designer Margie Medlin (Australia), musician-composer and sound artist Martin Lutz (Germany), playwright and director Neel Chaudhuri (India), musician-composer, sound designer and singer Samar Grewal (India) light designer Jonathan Roberts (United Kingdom) and choreographer Jayachandran Palazhy (India) – in areas of dramaturgy and a range of scenography aspects. The resulting original works by the ten choreographers will be premiered at the Biennial.
To track the process and progress at the residency, log on to facetsresidency.tumblr.com.

Platform 15: Emerging South Asia

Considering this is South Asia’s largest contemporary dance festival, there is a part of the programming dedicated to showcasing emerging artists from the region – namely Mirra Arun, Preethi Athreya and Vikram Iyengar, Rahul Goswami, Revanta Sarabhai, Shilpika Bordoloi, Surjit Nongmeikapam and Venuri Perera – for a showing of a short excerpt from their work, short process presentations on their process and future projects to various stakeholders in the field of dance.

On the Fringes
Ligament – An Online Dance Journal

Ligament, the online dance journal was launched in mid-November under the aegis of the Biennial to reflect the keen rise in the interest to contextualise, reflect and voice the goings-on around contemporary dance practices in the South Asian region. It has been envisioned as an avenue that is aimed at prompting and encouraging a sustained engagement between contemporary dance practitioners, thinkers, writers, artistic practitioners from other mediums, stakeholders and the wider public.
Check out it on www.ligament.in.

Writing on Dance Lab

This mainstay of the Biennial has been re-envisioned as the edit room of the magazine with – Kirtana Kumar, Namita Aavriti, Nithin Manayath, Ranjana Dave, Roshan Kumar Mogali, Swar Thounaojam from across the country as well as Asoka Mendis de Zoysa and Ruhanie Perera from Sri Lanka – working on “The Biennial Issue” of Ligament, which will look at the practice of contemporary dance through the lens of the performances and events at the Biennial from their diverse positions as academics, art writers, archivists, playwrights and performers.


Artists from the performing companies at the Attakkalari India Biennial will offer masterclasses/workshops, which will be open to local dancers, artists and the community, which will serve as a forum for the exchange of techniques, ideas and working methods in dance.
For the schedule of the masterclasses/workshops on offer during the Biennial, please visit www.attakkalaribiennial.org or call 080 22123684 / 41467690 / 41483534

Call for volunteers!

You love dance and have always wanted to help out. Here’s your chance, we are looking for people with creative ideas and solutions. Or those who just want to usher audiences, document events with photography, video or illustrations, take care of social media outreach, run around and be general dogsbody. If you are that person!
Tell us at attakkalari.biennial@gmail.com.

Photo Credits: Fan Xi, Lekha Naidu and 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