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April 2017
Vol: 001

Dance your way with Attakkalari through the Summer 2017

Come Summer, Comes Attakaklari’s Summer Intensive! This short intensive invite young people between 5 and 25 years of age to spend ten fantastic days, experiencing the world of Creative Movement Arts! We offer two batches for the programme – first from 17th to 29th April, 2017 and the second from 8th to 20th May, 2017.
The first batch has four different age groups: Juniors (Ages 5 – 8), Seniors (Ages 9 – 12), Teens (Ages 13 – 18) and Young Adults (Ages 19 – 25). The second batch will offer the first three age groups, only leaving the Young Adults. Each age group will work through the programme with creative activities, mind exercises, history of dance, improvisations and of course, lots of movement and dance appropriate to them. This is going to be a fun-filled learning experience.
Both batches aim at working towards a public presentation at the end. Every day through the programme, the participants will spend some time dedicated to this presentation. The first batch will have the presentation on 29th April at Guru Nanak Bhavan Auditorium, Bengaluru. The second batch will present on 20th May, again at Guru Nanak Bhavan Auditorium. The presentation days will also include the distribution of certificates for all the participants. Coincidentally, the International Dance Day falls on 29th April, and what best way to celebrate dance otherwise!!
The pool of facilitators includes senior and junior dancers who have underwent rigorous training with Attakkalari for years together and they team up to bring the best out of the participants. They comprise Ronita Mookerji, Prashant More, Anindita Ghosh, Meghna Nambiar, Snigdha Prabhakar, Komal Naik, Girish Kumar, Akhil Jamkhandi and Pooja Sabarinath.
The registrations fees for the intensive is as follows: Juniors (Rs.3500), Seniors (Rs.4000), Teens (Rs.4500) and Young Adults (Rs.5000). Attakkalari is also offering attractive discounts like 10% for siblings enrolling in the workshop and 5% as institutional discount if enrolments are routed through schools or colleges interested to collaborate. Limited seats only so block yours immediately by registering here or calling 080-4146 7690 / 2212 3684 or by sending an email to education@attakkalari.org or projects@attakkalari.org.

In the News
Attakkalari's Open Studio – Premiere of From ‘I’ to ‘A’ by eleven movements

The Open Studio initiative of Attakkalari brings a variety of performances and artworks to its studios. From ‘I’ to ‘A’ by eleven movements - a brief 20-minute duet – choreographed by the Italian Choreographer and Dancer Stefano Fardelli, will do its world premiere at Attakkalari Studios, Bengaluru on Thursday, 6th April 2017 at 6 pm under the initiative. This piece which is supported by Attakkalari jointly with Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Mumbai and Compagnia Excursus in Italy, will premiere in Bengaluru this April and will tour in Italy later during the year. Attakkalari is a studio partner for the project which hosted the country-wide audition for Stefano to choose the male dancer he wanted to work with, and hosted the rehearsals for the project through the past one month too.
The piece is choreographed by Stefano Fardelli and he performs it along with Raam Kumar, an Indian artiste who has extensive training in the martial art form Kalaripayattu and considerable exposure to Contemporary Dance. He has been associated with Attakkalari's projects including the Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media; and the repertory company.

Following the premiere, the evening will see a screening of ‘Dear Sofia’, a video dance project created and performed by Stefano Fardelli, which has been screened at various international dance festivals. Admission is free and strictly on registration only owing to limited seats.
Register here to spend an evening of distinguished art.

Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media – Auditions for Batch 2017

Attakkalari’s flagship program has started accepting students for the next batch beginning September 2017. The first batch of second year programme will successfully graduate in August this year. As a two year programme, the diploma still stands apart in Movement Arts Education in the country which offers professional and comprehensive training in a variety of movement art forms along with sessions on choreography, dance pedagogy, interdisciplinary dance-making, student-led projects, research, writing and practical assignments that would give the students hands-on experience and exposure to the professional world of dance. The Auditions have already begun in Bengaluru and in other cities.
The next audition in Bengaluru is on the 23rd April at Attakkalari Studios. To register for an audition or to know about future auditions, signup here.
For more details, please follow Attakkalari on Facebook or contact by writing to projects@attakkalari.org or education@attakkalari.org.

Kalaripayattu intensive for the uninitiated

Kalaripayattu is one of the oldest fighting system in existence. It is based on elegant and flexible movements, evasions, jumps and weapons training. Kalaripayattu with its stylized movements has inspired many choreographers, movers, and teachers to incorporate the technique to wow audiences during performances. However, dedicated effort is required to practice the form and gain confidence to move briskly from one sequence to the other.
The intensive is structured to impart the basic principles of Kalaripayattu and work towards a public presentation on July 15th, 2017 at Gurunanak Bhavan Auditorium, Bengaluru. The classes will break down the technique into simple steps to make it accessible for beginners. The intensive will be ideal for dance artists, theater professionals, children with some basic dance training / flexibility and those interested to improve their body flexibility and conditioning.
Register here to enroll for the intensive.

Sankshipta Batch Three – Final Presentation

The successful batch three of Sankshipta – a concise three-month certification course in Contemporary dance and Allied Disciplines – will culminate in a public presentation at 5.30 pm on Saturday, 22nd April at Attakkalari Studios in Wilson Garden, Bengaluru. The programme that invites people from a variety of walks of life has its sessions held over weekends and in early mornings on weekdays enabling working professionals and full-time students to take part and move a step closer to the realm of professional training in Dance. During the period of over 70 sessions, the participants learn a variety of movement techniques including Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Kalaripayattu and Bharatanatyam. In the public presentation on 22nd April, participants will present short choreographies in Contemporary Dance and Bharatanatyam along with sample movement sequences from other forms they have learnt as part of the course. This will be followed by the distribution of certificates.
The special guest of honour for the evening will be Dr. Shekhar Seshadri, Professor of Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NIMHANS, Bengaluru.

Artistic Director as part of Mobile Academy

Artistic Director, Jayachandran Palazhy travels and offers a lot of workshops and lecture demonstrations as part of Attakkalari’s Mobile Academy – an initiative to emphasize and ensure widespread reach of Movement Arts Education. Next in line in the initiative, he will present a lecture demonstration on the subject ‘Notions of body, movement, and presence in performing arts’ at 11 am on 8th April 2017 at the Rangadhwani National Theatre Festival, Dharwad.
With his experience as an internationally renowned choreographer and teacher, this lecture presentation is one that no performing artist should miss.  He will be assisted by Attakkalari’s rehearsal director and senior dancer Hemabharathy Palani.

Classes galore and for all

Attakkalari has always strived to offer the best quality training in movement arts education with a focus on contemporary dance for people of all ages. There are various ongoing classes in Contemporary Dance, Kalaripayattu, Bharatanatyam and new ones coming up in Capoeira, Fitness etc. There is also a new class to be announced for adults (Parents) during the Summer Intensive who can utilize the opportunity of venturing into dance while their kids are having fun in their own sessions.
All these classes will now work towards a grand public presentation on 15th July 2017 at Gurunanak Bhavan Auditorium, Bengaluru. To know about the list of classes, visit here. For enquiries and more details, do call Attakkalari at 080-41467690 / 22123684 or write to education@attakkalari.org.

Photo Credits: Lekha Naidu, Suneeth Halgeri, Tejovanth N, Aniruddhha Tiru 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